News - President's Message

From the Office of Pawnee Nation

President, Walter Echo-Hawk


NAWA AKITAARU’. This is a notice from the President to all Pawnee Nation citizens: On November 27, 2020, the Pawnee Nation filed a petition in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This petition preserves the Nation’s ability to challenge the EPA’s Order of October 1, 2020, granting authority for the State of Oklahoma to administer certain environmental programs in areas determined to be Indian Country by the Supreme Court in McGirt v. Oklahoma, 140 S. Ct. 2452 (2020). For any questions, please contact President Echo-Hawk at (918) 762-3621 Ext. 113; or


NAWA Akitaru.

Several tribal members have inquired about the recent Pawnee Nation Supreme Court decision in Whitshirt v. Election Commission, which was handed down on August 6. The decision is copied below, so tribal members can read it for themselves. In a nutshell, the Supreme Court upheld the last recall election and rejected all of petitioner Whiteshirt's contentions. The Election Commission was represented by Attorney General Chad Smith. I commend him for his fine legal work in this case. Now that the people and the court have spoken, I respectfully call upon everyone to come together in good will as Pawnee people. It is time to move forward.

Thank you,

President Echo-Hawk.