Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
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TRIBAL NATIONS PRACTICE GROUP

 



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

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

TRIBAL NATIONS PRACTICE GROUP

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



Tribal Nations Practice Group


Tribal Business Enterprise Group

Tribal Nations Labor & Employment



Drummond Woodsum’s nationally recognized Tribal Nations Practice Group provides the highest quality services to tribal nations and their enterprises and to companies that do business with tribes across the country.  Our lawyers have served some of the country’s most successful tribal nations and enterprises for over 35 years.  We have the highest peer-rated credentials, including listings in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America for our excellence in Native American Law.

Our Full Service Approach to Tribal Representation
 
We are not myopic in our representation of our tribal clients. We are part of a full service law firm. This allows us to team lawyers with deep knowledge of federal Indian law and tribal law with other specialists to meet our clients’ needs. 
 
For example, we pair our specialists in federal Indian law 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.
We are nimble and able to tailor legal services to meet the particular needs of our clients.

Representative Clients
 
  • 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 of 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)

Practice Areas

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 water hunting 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 
Nation-Building and 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
Tribal 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

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
November 2-5, 2020

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
June 1-4, 2020

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
March 23-26, 2020

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
February 3-6, 2020

NEWS

Kaighn Smith Jr. Cited by Ninth Circuit
September 3, 2019

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


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

Tribal Employment and #MeToo, TICA Indigenous Law Conference
October 9-11, 2019

The Tribal Human Resources Professional Certification Summit
June 3-6, 2019

Tribal In-House Counsel Association, Sovereign Immunity and Tribal Enterprises, The Fundamentals
April 24, 2019

Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Development at the 9th Tribal Land Staff National Conference
March 28, 2019





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