Brownstein’s Indian law attorneys and policy advisors represent tribes and those doing business with tribes, leveraging decades of unparalleled experience in Congress, the executive branch and private practice. We serve as a conduit between businesses investing in Indian country and tribes and their regulatory agencies to facilitate mutually beneficial relationships and ensure that projects move forward. We understand and appreciate tribal sovereignty and complex jurisdictional, legal, legislative, regulatory and contractual issues that arise as part of the relationship between tribes and the United States. We engage the spectrum of stakeholders involved in tribal matters, from executive branch officials in the Department of the Interior, the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to Congress and state representatives.
Brownstein’s bipartisan Indian Law and Policy practice encompasses a broad range of services, including legal, legislative and administrative matters relating to:
- Natural Resources, including Endangered Species Act, treaty rights and Alaska issues
- Tribal Water Rights, including water settlements
- Tribal Lands, including fee-to-trust, rights of way, jurisdiction, HEARTH Act and leasing
- Tribal Gaming, including IGRA, Class III gaming compacts and management agreements
- Energy and Project Development, including traditional and alternative energy sources, mineral leases and TERA
- Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination, including self-governance compacting, 638 contracting, tribal labor sovereignty and tax matters
- Tribal Financial Services, including lending and Community Development Financial Institutions
- Indian Health Care
- Tribal Law Enforcement, including the Tribal Law and Order Act, Violence Against Women Act and PL 280
- Indian Child Welfare Act
- Cultural Patrimony, including NAGPRA, historical preservation and sacred sites
With offices throughout the West and in Washington, D.C., we apply our understanding of the political, economic and social ramifications of federal and state governmental actions on Indian tribes to our work for tribes and their business partners.