College of Arts and Sciences


  • Pawnee Nation Supreme Court Justice Echo-Hawk to Speak on Campus

    January 24, 2012

    Pawnee Nation Supreme Court Justice Walter Echo-Hawk will present “In the Courts of the Conquerors: Charting a New Path in the Post-Colonial Age” on February 24. A lawyer, scholar, and activist, his legal experience includes cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, treaty rights, and reburial\repatriation rights. He is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, Colorado Supreme Court, Oklahoma Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth, District of Columbia, and Tenth Circuits, and a many federal district courts.

    Echo-Hawk's presentation is made possible by the Rev. Louis Gaffney Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences. The current chair is Anthropology Professor Ted Fortier.

    “Echo-Hawk has had a lengthy career protecting the legal, religious, and political rights of Indian tribes and Native peoples,” said Fortier. “He puts into context the issues facing indigenous peoples today, particularly current court battles.”

    In addition to his role on the bench, Echo-Hawk is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a new national and permanently endowed foundation to support Native art and culture. He is also of counsel to Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest law firm, and adjunct professor at Tulsa University School of Law. For almost 30 years, he was a staff attorney of the Native American Rights Fund.

    Echo-Hawk’s presentation takes place at 7 p.m. on February 24 in Pigott Auditorium.

    The Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J. Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences is made possible by the Jesuit community at Seattle University. The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.


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