Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
800.727.1941

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INDIAN LAW

 



PRACTICE GROUP LEADER

Robert L. Gips
207.253.0557 Direct
rgips@dwmlaw.com

Kaighn Smith
207.253.0559 Direct
ksmith@dwmlaw.com

RELATED PROFESSIONALS

S. Campbell Badger

Ann S. Chapman

Anna B. Cole

Adrianne E. Fouts

Erick J. Giles

Reid Hayton-Hull

David M. Kallin

Edward (Ted) J. Kelleher

James T. Kilbreth

Hannah E. King

Lisa R. Magnacca

Laurel A. (Van Buskirk) McClead

Elek A. Miller

Amy K. Olfene

Aaron M. Pratt

Daniel J. Rose

Gregory W. Sample

Jessica M. (Emmons) Scherb

Christopher G. Stevenson

Michael-Corey F. Hinton

Malina E. Dumas

Indian Law
Practice Overview
Indian Nations Labor & Employment
Tribal Business Enterprise Group

INDIAN LAW

PRACTICE GROUP LEADER SMALL

Robert L. Gips
207.253.0557 Direct
rgips@dwmlaw.com

Kaighn Smith
207.253.0559 Direct
ksmith@dwmlaw.com

RELATED PROFESSIONALS

S. Campbell Badger

Ann S. Chapman

Anna B. Cole

Adrianne E. Fouts

Erick J. Giles

Reid Hayton-Hull

David M. Kallin

Edward (Ted) J. Kelleher

James T. Kilbreth

Hannah E. King

Lisa R. Magnacca

Laurel A. (Van Buskirk) McClead

Elek A. Miller

Amy K. Olfene

Aaron M. Pratt

Daniel J. Rose

Gregory W. Sample

Jessica M. (Emmons) Scherb

Christopher G. Stevenson

Michael-Corey F. Hinton

Malina E. Dumas



Indian Law


Indian Nations Labor & Employment

Tribal Business Enterprise Group



Drummond Woodsum’s nationally recognized Indian law group provides the highest quality services to Indian nations and their enterprises and to companies that do business with tribes across the country.  Our Indian law practice brings top tier legal, business, and transactional experience to its work with some of the country’s most successful Indian nations and enterprises.

We work with our clients to address their immediate concerns in ways that are consistent with their long-term economic and governmental objectives.  

Our Indian Law Group is part of a full service law firm.  Four of our Indian law attorneys are recognized by their peers as among the Best Lawyers in America in Native American law, and others in the Group are similarly recognized in other practice areas important to tribal clients. We draw upon a wide range of expertise in custom interdisciplinary teams as needed to best serve our clients. For example, we combine our Indian lawyers with:

  • business and commercial lawyers for gaming and other economic development work;
  • trial and appellate practitioners for litigation in federal, tribal, or state courts;
  • labor specialists for personnel and employment matters;
  • school lawyers for education-related matters; and
  • tax and affordable housing specialists to address tribal housing needs.
With this flexibility, we provide tailored legal services to meet the particular needs of our clients.

Representative clients include:

  • Amerind Risk
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (MI)
  • Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse (NY)
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (WA)
  • The Klamath Tribes (OR)
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Little River Casino Resort (MI)
  • Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (MI)
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods Resort Casino (CT)
  • Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut (CT)
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe, Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company (ME)
  • Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, Rolling Hills Casino, Rolling Hills Clinic and Tepa, LLC (CA)
  • Penobscot Nation and Penobscot Indian Nation Enterprises (ME)
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds Casino Resort (MI)
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (WA)
  • Pueblo of Laguna Department of Education (NM)
  • Pueblo fo Zia (NM)
  • Rappahannock Tribe (VA)
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida (FL)
  • Squaxin Island Tribe (WA)
  • St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (NY)
  • Suquamish Tribe (WA)
  • Tribal First
  • Turtle Mountain Chippewa Housing Authorities (ND)

Business, Finance and Economic Development

 
  • Complex gaming and other tribal business transactions
  • Loan and other financing transactions; we have closed over $2.5 billion in tribal financings
  • Loan restructurings and workout transactions
  • National Indian Gaming Commission and tribal gaming regulatory work
  • Leasing transactions on tribal lands
  • Tribal enterprise and economic development, including New Markets Tax Credits, 8(a) and federal contracting, joint ventures, and strategies and consultation
  • Construction agreements and disputes
 
Litigation in Federal, State and Tribal Courts
 
  • Transactional and business disputes
  • Sovereignty and jurisdiction disputes; we work regularly with the NCAI/NARF Supreme Court Project
  • Employment and labor relations, including proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation
  • Civil rights
  • Land, water, fishing, and waterhunting rights
  • Reservation boundary disputes
 
Labor and Employment Relations
 
  • Protection of tribal authority over labor and employment relations
  • Drafting and implement tribal labor and employment laws
  • Union solicitations, elections, and collective bargaining
  • Human resources training and advice
  • Development of fair employment practice laws
  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • I-9 Audits and other Immigration law matters
 
Governmental Functions
 
  • Gaming and non-gaming land in trust applications
  • Tribal, state and federal tax issues
  • Environmental assessments and regulatory work
  • Development of tribal codes, constitutions, and court systems
 
Indian Education
 
  • General representation of tribal school departments
  • Employment, accounting, student discipline and other policies and procedures
 
Tribal Housing
 
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • USDA Rural Housing programs
  • Leveraging NAHASDA funds
 
 


NEWS

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 33 Drummond Woodsum Attorneys
August 16, 2018

Youth Lacrosse Festival in Down East Maine Pays Tribute to Sport’s Tribal Roots
June 24, 2018

Drummond Woodsum attorney Michael Corey Hinton Has Received the Indian Legal Program Emerging Leader Award Presented by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
April 12, 2018

Passamaquoddy Tribe Closes Major Carbon Credit Sale
December 12, 2017


ARTICLES

Unique Considerations at Play: Litigating Indian Law Issues in State and Federal Appellate Courts
November 2, 2018

Tribal Gaming - or Commercial Out of State Owned Casinos?
March 7, 2018

Federal Indian Law: Taking Account of the Lessons of History
October 19, 2017

Tribal Employee Not Shielded By Sovereign Immunity
April 26, 2017


PRESENTATIONS

Professional Responsibility & Ethical Obligations, 15th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference
November 15, 2018

Tribes, Treaties and Time, 15th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference
November 15, 2018

2018 Connecticut Law Review Symposium on Regulating for the Seventh General: Tribal Nations and Environmental Law
October 26, 2018

NCAI Annual Convention Panelist on Economic Success and Tribal Employment Laws
October 21-26, 2018





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