Native American Uniquely Qualified For Indian Country
To best represent their unique legal needs, Native American tribes and individuals require specialized legal counsel and government relationship services. At Kilpatrick Townsend, our Native American Practice Group has earned a national reputation preserving, promoting, and protecting tribal sovereignty. Anchored on both coasts in our Washington, D.C. and Seattle offices, our team consists of enrolled members and descendants of federally-recognized tribes, former tribal in-house counsel, and former government officials and counsel — including the first Native American to serve as a U.S. Ambassador — who are dedicated to empowering tribal governments. Keenly aware of the unique legal status tribal nations enjoy, we build deep, lasting relationships with our tribal clients, while seeking innovative solutions for the complex legal issues facing Indian Country today.
Obtained permanent injunction barring state and local taxes on Indian land held in trust by the federal government against a county tax official.
Protected federally reserved groundwater rights for a California tribe against two state water agencies, delivering a game-changing decision for Indian Country.
Secured a permanent injunction against a natural gas company for trespass and an order to remove a natural gas pipeline across Oklahoma Indian lands in a landmark decision for Indian Country.
Refinanced $310 million comprehensive casino debt, subsequently converting $105 million of the refinanced debt into tax-free debt using TED bonds to set new precedent in Indian Country and winning a NAFOA Deal of the Year Award.
Advanced treaty rights when representing Washington State tribe in ongoing treaty fishing rights litigation (U.S. v. Washington).
Successfully affirmed court rulings for Indian tribes in Indian Child Welfare Act litigation.
Successfully confirmed tribal government jurisdiction over Indian lands and waters and over non-Indian interests for tribes in Washington State and Arizona.
Strengthened tribal governments through successful representation of tribal leaders and key tribal employees in litigation threating tribal sovereign immunity and tribal governance decision making.
Represented tribes in litigation to preempt state and local taxation of Indian lands that will help build strong tribal economies.