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The WSU Inclusion and Diversity Office, WSU Rochester Campus, Dr. Tammy Swenson Lepper’s CMST 291 Class, Southeast Technical College, and Anoka Ramsey Community College present The Native American Rights Fund: A 41-Year Retrospective with guest speaker John Echohawk. Further details are available below.

  • Topic: The Native American Rights Fund: A 41-Year Retrospective
  • Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 
  • Location & Time: Winona State University, Kryzsko Commons, East Hall – 7:00 p.m.
  • Co-Sponsored by: WSU Inclusion and Diversity Office, WSU Rochester Campus, Dr. Tammy Swenson Lepper’s CMST 291 Class, Southeast Technical College, and Anoka Ramsey Community College
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Guest Speaker: John Echohawk

About John Echohawk and NARF

John Echohawk, one of the most influential lawyers in the United States, is a member of the Pawnee Nation and executive director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). NARF is an organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals across the United States.

Echohawk, who has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, created NARF 40 years ago with the mission of protecting Tribal sovereignty and resources, ensuring governmental accountability, and educating the public about Indian issues.

Since its creation, NARF has worked with more than 250 tribes on legal issues including obtaining official tribal recognition; protecting tribal rights to hunt, fish, and use the water on their lands; upholding Native American religious freedom; assuring the return of remains and burial goods from museums and historical societies for proper and dignified re-burial; and protecting voting rights of Native Americans.