Our American Indian law team provides high-quality legal services informed by decades of legal experience representing organizations and individuals doing business with Indian tribes or on tribal lands, and representing the Tribes themselves. 

Our experience covers a broad range of legal areas, including:

  • Indian allottee issues
  • Representation before the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Congress on tribal issues
  • Compliance with tribal laws, including Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TEROs)
  • Litigation and appeals before the Interior Board of Indian Appeals and the federal courts
  • Contract negotiations, including sovereign immunity issues and Bureau of Indian Affairs approval processes
  • Tribal jurisdiction and authority analyses
  • Indian Education and Self Determination Act (Public Law 638) contract negotiations
  • Energy and natural resource development in Indian Country
  • Representation of non-tribal companies in negotiation of business agreements with tribal counsel
  • Obtain right-of-way permits for construction of project on or through an Indian reservation

American Indian Law Client Results

Representative Matters
  • Advised state government entity on litigation filed by a tribe seeking reclamation of state land.
  • Advised tribe in working with the United States Department of the Interior to secure acreage for development.
  • Assisted tribe in placing acreage into trust to become a part of its reservation and eventually be developed as a gaming site.
  • Advised non-tribe party on tax aspects of engaging in various types of transactions with Indian tribes and their entities.
  • Represented tribe in lawsuit to reclaim acreage.
  • Advised tribe on provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in connection with casino construction, financing, and operation.

American Indian Law Publications

American Indian Law Speaking Engagements and Events

  • "Tribal Learning Session 2011: Historic Preservation and NEPA under the Federal Communications Commission," Tribal Learning Session in Conjunction with the FCC for THPOs and Tribal Cultural Resources Specialists, SD, September 2011

American Indian Law Recognition

  • Nationally recognized in Chambers USA for Native American Law (2006-2014)
  • Listed in Chambers USA for Native American Law (2004-2014)
NATIONWIDE: Native American Law in Chambers USA 2022

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