American Indian Attorney Hans Walker, Jr. Walks On

Hans Walker, Jr.

Hans Walker, Jr.

Published January 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hans Walker, Jr., a tribal citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation of North Dakota, walked on in late December 2015. Mr. Walker was 89.

Mr. Walker was among the first American Indians to become an attorney when he received his LL.B in 1960 from the University of North Dakota, where he served on the board of editors of the Law Review. He received a Ph.B. in 1957. He is a member of the District of Columbia and North Dakota bars.

From 1965-1982, he held several posts in the U.S. Department of the Interior, including assistant solicitor, director of the office of Indian water rights, and associate solicitor for Indian affairs.

In 1988, Mr. Walker joined Hobbs Straus as a partner. His practice focuses on the areas of self-determination/self-governance, taxation, Indian gaming, jurisdiction, trust and restricted Indian lands, and water rights.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP released this statement following his death:

“It is with heavy hearts that the firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, announces the death of its partner emeritus, Hans Walker, Jr. Hans was a major pioneer and leader in the field of American Indian law, and was highly respected by all who knew him…During his career, he became a legal giant and fierce defender of the rights and interests of tribes and tribal organizations, and was the first renowned expert on Indian tax matters. His contributions to Indian law over the course of his legal career were extraordinary and unique. Charlie Hobbs, who, along with Jerry Straus, recruited Hans to join the firm, said “Hans was a terrific colleague, a valuable asset who greatly assisted his clients, and was a delightful colleague who all enjoyed working with.” He will be sorely missed.

In his retirement, Hans enjoyed spending time with his wife Barbara, his son Reid, and his grandchildren, to whom we send our deepest sympathies.”

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