Tribal Sovereignty and Indian Self-Determination

Category: Lecture

Length: 41:18
Video Date 04/27/2022
Film Description As a leader in the Native American rights movement, John Echohawk will discuss how the federal Indian policy terminating Indian tribes and forcing Indians to assimilate changed beginning in 1970 with the founding of the Native American Rights Fund and the advent of the new federal Indian policy of self-determination.

About the Speaker
John Echohawk (Pawnee) is Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund. He was the first graduate of the University of New Mexico’s special program to train Indian lawyers, and was a founding member of the American Indian Law Students Association while in law school. John has been with NARF since its inception in 1970, having served continuously as Executive Director since 1977. He has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and has received numerous service awards and other recognition for his leadership in the Indian law field. John serves on the Boards of the American Indian Resources Institute, the Association on American Indian Affairs, the Indigenous Language Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. B.A., University of New Mexico (1967); J.D., University of New Mexico (1970); Reginald Heber Smith Fellow (1970-72); Native American Rights Fund (August 1970 to present); admitted to practice law in Colorado.
Video Category Lecture
Film Creator John Echohawk