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Oct. 25, 2010

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Walter Echo-Hawk Jr., a lawyer, tribal judge, scholar, and activist whose legal experience includes Native American rights and freedoms, will present “Toward an American Land Ethic” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center.

Echo-Hawk has worked as a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund for over 35 years and he has been instrumental in securing passage of two federal laws that respect Native American and religious freedoms and the repatriation of Native American remains to Indian tribes. His presentation will examine the importance of developing a truly American land ethic for the 21st century and the powerful forces that have hindered its development.

He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the American bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award for legal work in the face of adversity and the Civil Liberties Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon for significant contributions in the cause of individual freedom, the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award, and the Oklahoma State Distinguished Alumni Award.

He is the author of the award-winning book Battlefields and Burial Grounds and his newest work is In the Courts of the Conqueror: The Ten Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided.

The event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. The presentation is part of the 2010 D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Fall Lecture Series.


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