In the Courts of the Conqueror (Hardcover)

The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided

By Walter R. Echo-Hawk

Speaker's Corner, 9781936218011, 576pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

List Price: 35.00*
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A vital contribution not only to Native American history, but also to American history.

About the Author

Walter Echo-Hawk has worked as a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund for more than 35 years. He was instrumental in securing passage of two federal laws that respect Indian and religious freedoms and also the repatriation of Native American remains to Indian tribes. A prolific writer, his publications include an award-winning book BATTLEFIELDS AND BURIAL GROUNDS (1994).

Praise For In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided

"A no-holds barred account that deserves wide distribution." —Library Journal and School Library Journal

"This weighty text serves as a 'tour of the dark side of the law.' Echo-Hawk, who spent more than three decades at the Native American Rights Fund, exhaustively deconstructs the racist and colonial foundations of federal Indian law. Written in a style that conveys a sense of outrage and passion, the cases highlighted are notable because they represent injustice as well as unfinished business." —CHOICE

"Echo-Hawk is methodical and elegant in the way he leads us through the history and case law which has brought us to this point." —News From Indian Country

“As evidenced by his book “In the Courts of the Conqueror,” Mr. Echo-Hawk’s experience, achievement, success and perhaps most importantly, his wisdom, not only serve as a touchstone for legal practitioners, but his work has left an indelible mark upon the lives of those who live and work in Indian Country and for every American who truly values the notion of justice.” —Oklahoma City Examiner

“Echo-Hawk’s book ought to retire the entire debate about judicial activism. It has become a conservative article of faith that judges should narrowly follow the law when deciding cases. But Echo-Hawk methodically picks apart that fiction.” —Mark Trahant, New West