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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

Indian Law

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



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:

  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Foxwoods Development Company (CT)
  • Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut (CT)
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida (FL)
  • Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds Casino Resort (MI)
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Little River Casino Resort (MI)
  • Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (MI)
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (MI)
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (WA)
  • Suquamish Tribe (WA)
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (WA)
  • Squaxin Island Tribe (WA)
  • Snoqualmie Casino (WA)
  • Pueblo of Laguna Department of Education (NM)
  • Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians (CA)
  • Penobscot Nation and Penobscot Indian Nation Enterprises (ME)
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe (ME)
  • Turtle Mountain Chippewa Housing Authorities (ND)
  • Tribal First
  • Amerind Risk
 
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
 
 


UPCOMING EVENTS

The Tribal Human Resources Professionals (THRP) Certification Summit
March 19-22, 2018

NEWS

Passamaquoddy Tribe Closes Major Carbon Credit Sale
December 12, 2017

Thirty Nine Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Ranked in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers List
November 1, 2017

Drummond Woodsum Deepens its National Indian Law Practice
Setpember 1, 2017

Thirty One Drummond Woodsum Attorneys listed as New England Super Lawyers
December 19, 2016


ARTICLES

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

Tribal Employee Not Shielded By Sovereign Immunity
April 26, 2017

The Multiple Manifestations of Sovereign Immunity
March 3, 2017

Tribal Cannabis So Far...
August 2, 2016


PRESENTATIONS

Beyond the Basics: Advanced Issues in I-9s
October 24, 2017

FLSA Traps and Trials: Training, Tips and Travel
September 12, 2017

The Tribal Human Resource Professionals (THRP) Certification Summit
August 21-24, 2017

The Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
June 5-8, 2017





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