John E. Echohawk

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John Echohawk, "a Pawnee, is the 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, 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 since 1988 and has received numerous service awards and other recognition for his leadership in the Indian law field.

"He serves on the Boards of the American Indian Resources Institute, the Association on American Indian Affairs, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, 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." [1]

Resources and articles


  1. John E. Echohawk, Native American Rights Fund, accessed July 7, 2007.
  2. Advisory Board, Environmental and Energy Study Institute, accessed October 15, 2008.
  3. Project Vote Smart's Founding & Executive Board Member, Project Vote Smart, accessed November 12, 2008.