MAJOR AREAS OF TRIBAL REPRESENTATION, 1980 to Date:
Representation of Tribes in Federal, State, and Tribal Courts,
including the United States District Court for District of Arizona,
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Claims Court, Federal
Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Litigation and legal representation on issues involving Tribal
sovereignty, education, Tribal self-government, Federal/Tribal
relations, Tribal court jurisdiction, Tribal hunting and fishing
rights, forestry and land use, leases, Indian reserved water rights,
Tribal/State taxation issues and tax immunity, mismanagement and breach
of trust claims against the Federal Government.
Drafted Tribal civil and criminal codes, ordinances, resolutions,
advisor to Tribal Council and Tribal departments; prepared Tribal
testimony before Congressional and State Legislative Committees,
prepared intergovernmental agreements; construction litigation,
contract disputes, represented Tribal enterprises, e.g. saw mill, ski
area, construction and materials company, agriculture, livestock,
gravel operations, commercial center, gaming casino; negotiated realty
leases and transactions, joint ventures, extensive familiarity with
land use and leasing regulations, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian Self
Determination Act, Indian Tax Status Act, business agreements and tax
exempt bond issues; represented Tribe in administrative appeals before
IBIA and IBCA, employee termination and grievance rights, application
of HUD regulations and housing projects, collection issues involving
surety law and bonds; involved in application of Environmental
Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to Tribes, Indian Gaming
Regulatory Act and Indian Forest Resource Management Act application.
Foregoing list is not exhaustive of experience but illustrative.