Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
Lebanon, NH        603.448.2221
800.727.1941




ANDREW JOSEPH (“JOE”) SARCINELLA , V

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207.253.0576 Phone
207.772.3627 Fax

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84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480


Assistant: Jennifer Leonard




PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation
Federal Indian Law
Tribal Nations Practice Group
Tribal Business Enterprise Group

EDUCATION

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, J.D., Indian Legal Program Certification

Arizona State University, M.S., Justice & Social Inquiry with a Concentration in Native American Justice

Sacramento State University, B.S., International Business & Political Science


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Arizona
District of Columbia

COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  Volunteer


Flagstaff YMCA
  Board Member




PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation
Federal Indian Law
Tribal Nations Practice Group
Tribal Business Enterprise Group

EDUCATION

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, J.D., Indian Legal Program Certification

Arizona State University, M.S., Justice & Social Inquiry with a Concentration in Native American Justice

Sacramento State University, B.S., International Business & Political Science


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Arizona
District of Columbia

COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  Volunteer


Flagstaff YMCA
  Board Member




Joe Sarcinella is a shareholder and member of Drummond Woodsum’s Tribal Nations practice.  Joe has dedicated his professional life to serving Indian Country, diligently working to better the lives of Native peoples. He works with Federal recognized Native American tribes, their enterprises, and businesses and individuals looking to work in Indian Country.  
 
His practice primarily focuses on Federal Indian law, business development and diversification, corporate structuring and governance, government and legislative affairs, sovereign immunity and Arm of the Tribe status. He has handled for Tribes an array of issues such as gaming, taxation and finance, transportation, sacred sites/landscapes and cultural resources, Human Rights, environment and natural resources, and energy.
 
Joe is passionate about finding ways to create economic sovereignty while preserving and promoting traditional Native cultures.  He has successfully negotiated and structured a multimillion-dollar investment between two Tribal Nations economic development arms.  He has led the corporate formation of a tribal hemp company and the development, finalization and implementation of the Tribe’s hemp code and USDA approved tribal hemp regulations.
 
And as Federal appointee, Joe saved the Department of Defense on two separate occasions from litigation by tribal governments claiming lack of formal government-to-government consultation and notice when the DoD changed internal policy interpretations that would have denied tribes access to DoD business programs and government contracting opportunities.
 
Prior to Drummond Woodsum, Joe was most recently the General Counsel of Atoske Holding Company, the economic development arm of The Chippewa Cree Tribe at the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana.  Prior to that, he was the Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel for Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA). He joined NAFSA after completing a 4-year term serving as the Senior Advisor & Liaison for Native American Affairs for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While in that role, Joe was the lead official monitoring Department of Defense and Military compliance with all applicable federal laws, treaties, and executive orders relating to government-to-government relationships with Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations. Joe started his professional career in non-profit tribal youth programming later transitioning into law and public policy. 
 
Joe played division 1 college football on a full scholarship for Boise State University & later Sacramento State earning a double major in International Business and Political Science. Joe earned academic fellowships for both graduate school and law school graduating with both an MS and JD from Arizona State University and with a legal certification in Indian law from ASU’s Indian Legal Program.
 
Joe has a rich cultural heritage, his paternal grandparents were first-generation Americans from France and Italy, his maternal grandfather was mixed Native & Scottish from the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and his maternal grandmother’s family was Hunkpapa Lakota & Nakota from a Reserve in Canada. Joe currently lives among the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world in Flagstaff AZ, along with his wife, renowned Navajo CEO and politico Clara Lee Pratte, and their two children Joseph and Jack.  Joe is proud to be raising his children in their ancestral homeland, in the shadow of one of the Navajo peoples 4 sacred mountains.  Joe’s passions outside of work include fitness, reading and writing, and the arts. He has regularly volunteered for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and recently was a board member of the Flagstaff YMCA.  He has also trained as a Strong Man, run a 100-mile ultramarathon and is a former competition pow wow dancer.  


AWARDS

  • Tribal Advocate of the Year, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
Joe Sarcinella is a shareholder and member of Drummond Woodsum’s Tribal Nations practice.  Joe has dedicated his professional life to serving Indian Country, diligently working to better the lives of Native peoples. He works with Federal recognized Native American tribes, their enterprises, and businesses and individuals looking to work in Indian Country.  
 
His practice primarily focuses on Federal Indian law, business development and diversification, corporate structuring and governance, government and legislative affairs, sovereign immunity and Arm of the Tribe status. He has handled for Tribes an array of issues such as gaming, taxation and finance, transportation, sacred sites/landscapes and cultural resources, Human Rights, environment and natural resources, and energy.
 
Joe is passionate about finding ways to create economic sovereignty while preserving and promoting traditional Native cultures.  He has successfully negotiated and structured a multimillion-dollar investment between two Tribal Nations economic development arms.  He has led the corporate formation of a tribal hemp company and the development, finalization and implementation of the Tribe’s hemp code and USDA approved tribal hemp regulations.
 
And as Federal appointee, Joe saved the Department of Defense on two separate occasions from litigation by tribal governments claiming lack of formal government-to-government consultation and notice when the DoD changed internal policy interpretations that would have denied tribes access to DoD business programs and government contracting opportunities.
 
Prior to Drummond Woodsum, Joe was most recently the General Counsel of Atoske Holding Company, the economic development arm of The Chippewa Cree Tribe at the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana.  Prior to that, he was the Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel for Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA). He joined NAFSA after completing a 4-year term serving as the Senior Advisor & Liaison for Native American Affairs for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While in that role, Joe was the lead official monitoring Department of Defense and Military compliance with all applicable federal laws, treaties, and executive orders relating to government-to-government relationships with Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations. Joe started his professional career in non-profit tribal youth programming later transitioning into law and public policy. 
 
Joe played division 1 college football on a full scholarship for Boise State University & later Sacramento State earning a double major in International Business and Political Science. Joe earned academic fellowships for both graduate school and law school graduating with both an MS and JD from Arizona State University and with a legal certification in Indian law from ASU’s Indian Legal Program.
 
Joe has a rich cultural heritage, his paternal grandparents were first-generation Americans from France and Italy, his maternal grandfather was mixed Native & Scottish from the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and his maternal grandmother’s family was Hunkpapa Lakota & Nakota from a Reserve in Canada. Joe currently lives among the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world in Flagstaff AZ, along with his wife, renowned Navajo CEO and politico Clara Lee Pratte, and their two children Joseph and Jack.  Joe is proud to be raising his children in their ancestral homeland, in the shadow of one of the Navajo peoples 4 sacred mountains.  Joe’s passions outside of work include fitness, reading and writing, and the arts. He has regularly volunteered for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and recently was a board member of the Flagstaff YMCA.  He has also trained as a Strong Man, run a 100-mile ultramarathon and is a former competition pow wow dancer.  


AWARDS

  • Tribal Advocate of the Year, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development




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