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In Brief: A Digest of Indian Law Projects

Client Success
  • Negotiated tribal gaming compacts, compact disputes (including one for more than $100 million) and intergovernmental agreements.
  • Successfully represented clients before the National Indian Gaming Commission on gaming contracts and regulatory issues.
  • Secured gaming-related contracts with local municipalities and other providers for police, fire and ambulance services.
  • Navigated complex legal and government affairs issues to obtain an alcohol license for a tribe at a gaming facility. As a result of our team’s lobbying efforts, a city ordinance was amended to exempt gaming facilities operated by federally recognized Indian tribes.
  • Secured decision in favor of tribe classifying non-banked poker as a Class II game in Wisconsin, which allowed tribe to offer this game at its Class II facility.
  • Represented client to various members of Congress and federal agencies to secure international border issues affecting tribal members’ international travel, road maintenance and preservation of historic sites;
  • Drafted and secured historic preservation plans and archaeological covenants with local landowners on private properties;
  • Negotiated and secured a 1,500+ acre federal excess real property offer to a tribal client;
  • Counseled a tribe in on-reservation cigarette sales tax dispute with the state of Wisconsin.
  • Advised a tribe in multimillion-dollar commercial development litigation.
  • Represented tribes in treaty rights litigation.
  • Obtained dismissal of $400 million breach of contract lawsuit based on immunity due to tribal sovereignty.
  • Represented tribe on water rights litigation and secured water allocation plans and agreement of tribal priority for water rights.
  • Advised tribe on due diligence of corporate ventures and investment opportunities;
  • Counseled tribe as seller’s agent and buyer’s agent and coordinated closings.
  • Represented a tribe in land contracts with private parties and the state of Wisconsin.
  • Represented a tribe in unprecedented conveyances of state Department of Transportation land to a tribe;
  • Represented a tribe as counsel to major highway transportation construction projects, including voluntary sale terms; negotiating land values; critiquing appraisals; access, utility, sewage and water issues; negotiating land exchanges; Indian Reservation Roads program coordination; commercial/residential designation; and favorable design and aesthetics to tribal enterprises.
  • Represented a tribe in land use planning, zoning, and condemnation matters.
  • Advised tribes on application of tribal employment rights ordinances and Indian preference hiring policies.
  • Advised clients on jurisdictional matters on Indian land, including Indian reservations and Public Law 280 issues;
  • Represented tribes nationwide in numerous Section 106 consultations on multimillion-dollar development projects including, but not limited to, federal land disposition, wind energy farm, federal highway construction projects, and tribal development projects;
  • Defeated state legislation that would threaten tribal cultural sites on state-owned properties by metal detecting activities.
  • Created and structured tribal development corporation focusing on economic development, job creation and cultural preservation.

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