You need to protect your respective interests
Whether you're an American Indian tribe, a tribally owned business, or a company doing business in or around Indian Country, the area of Native American law raises a host of complicated legal issues, including sovereign immunity, civil jurisdiction, environmental, and tax treatment. Our lawyers are some of the few across Texas and the United States who handle a variety of matters for both tribes and companies. We are sensitive to the particular legal and political realities of your circumstances, whether based in treaty, statute or otherwise. We are adept at analyzing and applying tribal, federal or state law.
Our team has over a decade of direct experience working for several tribes and companies across the U.S., including a lawyer who serves as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas American Indian Law Section and has been an adjunct professor in this field since 2002. We have hands-on experience dealing with this unique and often misunderstood area of law. Because of this involvement, we can understand your issues, explain your particular circumstances, and skillfully represent your interests.
Some examples of our work in the area of Native American law include:
- Advising tribes on critical issues of sovereignty and jurisdiction
- Representing companies doing business with American Indian tribes and tribal business enterprises
- Negotiating specific details of transactions, including limited waivers of sovereign immunity, choices of law issues, and venue clauses
- Identifying available business incentives and structures to American Indian tribes, tribal business enterprises, and companies for purposes of expanding economic development
- Maintaining long-standing relationships with tribes, tribal organizations, and other experienced practitioners across the U.S.
Our lawyers also have experience with:
- Drafting tribal resolutions, laws, and ordinances
- Structuring, creating, and advising tribal court systems
- Advising on tribal governance, election, membership, and employment matters