Monday, October 29, 2007

Jon Ekohak

I am a member of the Pawnee Tribe of Oaklahoma. and am the Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund. I was the first to graduate from the University of New Mexico's special program to train Indian lawyers in 1970, as well as one of the founding members of the American Indian Law Students Association while I was still in school. I have been with NARF since it was started and have served as the Executive Director since 1977.

I have been recognized as on of the top 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal since 1988. I have received many service awards and other recognitions for my leadership.

I serve on the Boards of the American Indian Resource 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.

I have been married for over 37 years to my wife, Kathryn and we have two children. Our son is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and our daughter is a fundraiser for the American Indian College Fund. I am also a proud grandparent of 3.

I am one of those people who wants these sports teams to change their mascots and their names, because they are disrespectful to my people.

6 comments:

knelson said...

I agree with you that the mascot is disrespectful to many people. As a Native American, I am very offended by the use of it.

Shannon said...

Why is it disrespectful?

Techno Trish said...

I'm sad about the whole ordeal. The mascot is most definitely disrespectful. Let's protest tomorrow outside the university.

Breezy said...

I have to agree that the nickname is disrespectful to us as Native Americans, because they do parade around making fun of our nation and that is what we definitely do not stand for as a people.

sarah said...

i completly agree with you, as the leader of the AIM, i am very offended with the use of the name of the sports teams. I think that we should start a proest or petition. They dont realize the use of this name is so disrespectful to us.

sarah said...

i completly agree with you, as the leader of the AIM, i am very offended with the use of the name of the sports teams. I think that we should start a proest or petition. They dont realize the use of this name is so disrespectful to us.

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