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Walter Echo-Hawk: Healing Historical Harm Caused by Conquest and Colonialism in the Great Plains

Great Plains conference

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lied Center for Performing Arts
301 N 12th St
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: LIED
Walter Echo-Hawk will give the keynote address for the 2022 Great Plains Summit: “Reckoning and Reconciliation on the Great Plains.”

5:30 p.m.: Reception, Lied Commons, in-person event with food, drink, and a special performance by the Umo?ho? White Tail Singers.

7 p.m. Lied Center for Performing Arts: “Healing Historical Harm Caused by Conquest and Colonialism in the Great Plains” by Walter Echo-Hawk. Introduction by Kevin Abourezk. In-person and virtual options available.

This event is part of of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. Free tickets are required:

Talk description:
The Great Plains are traditional homelands of Indigenous tribes that were conquered, colonized, dispossessed, and displaced during the rise and growth of the United States. That nation-building process had harsh traumatic impacts on Native peoples that still linger in today’s legal system and are seen in the poor living conditions and social ills of Tribal communities. There comes a time when each settler state must come to terms with its colonized Indigenous peoples, but powerful forces in the United States stymie efforts to repair harm caused by historical wrongs. The post-colonial world calls upon us to brush aside reluctance to address a painful past and turn to the accumulated wisdom traditions of the human race to heal those historical injuries. That healing framework will be examined by Walter Echo-Hawk, a Pawnee attorney who devoted his legal career to Native American justice, including justice for the Pawnee—one of Nebraska’s dispossessed aboriginal peoples.

Walter Echo-Hawk is President of the Pawnee Nation Business Council. As an author, attorney, and legal scholar he was the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair on Democratic Ideals at University of Hawai’i’s Law School (2018). He authored The Sea of Grass (2018); In The Light Of Justice (2013); In the Courts of the Conqueror (2010); and Battlefields and Burial Grounds (1994). A Pawnee Indian with a BA, Political Science, OSU and JD, UNM, he practices law in Oklahoma. In addition to his tribal government duties, he is Chair, Board of Directors, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM); and is a Knowledge Givers Advisory Board member, First American Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The event is free and open to the public.

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This event originated in Center for Great Plains Studies.