Walter Echo-Hawk, attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy, recently received the President’s Award for his commitment to human rights by the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA).
Echo-Hawk is a member of the firm’s Indian Law 7 Gaming practice group that provides legal representation for American Indian tribes in Oklahoma. His law career began as a human rights attorney in 1973 with the Native American Rights Fund, where he spent most of his career – until 2009. He joined Crowe & Dunlevy to protecting American Indians’ human rights, which include rights to culture, self-determination, religious freedom, land and natural resources according to a Crowe & Dunlevy press release.
“I am honored to receive this recognition,” Echo-Hawk said. “However, I was only one of many legal foot-soldiers in the tribal sovereignty movement during the modern era of federal American Indian law. I accept this award on behalf of all of the clients and attorneys I have worked with over the years.”
Echo-Hawk accepted the President's Award in San Diego, California, at the 64th IAOHRA conference.