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American Indian Law

Represented school district in negotiations with a federally recognized Indian tribe for implementation of a local taxing agreement.

Represented an investment management company to negotiate and implement financial services agreements with a federally recognized Indian tribe.

Advise renewable energy developer on the development of renewable energy projects on trust lands in partnership with federally recognized Indian tribes.

Represented healthcare software company to negotiate and implement license agreement with tribal hospital.

Advised agribusiness financier regarding acquisition financing for property located on Native American Indian reservation.

Advised Canadian governmental entity on tribal rights under the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.

Advised California municipality on Indian gaming regulatory issues associated with plan to build casino within the municipality's limits.

Represented Italian ammunitions manufacturer in negotiating and entering into purchase and sale agreement with Native American corporation for rimfire cartridges.

Represent clean energy developer navigating jurisdictional issues associated with permitting wind project on Native American Indian reservation.
Advised major tech company on development of program to employ tribal members on reservations throughout the United States, including potential application of tribal employment rights ordinances and tribal regulatory and adjudicatory jurisdiction.

Advised Canadian power generator and wholesale marketer in negotiating an enforceable waiver of sovereign immunity in assignment agreement with Navajo Nation limited liability company for purchase and sale of generating resources. 

Assisted the developer of a power generation facility in consulting and coordinating with multiple tribes that had interests in the area where the project was located. 

Represented Washington municipality in a complex tribal, federal, state, and local negotiation regarding tribal and other water rights in the Nooksack River basin involving both the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe.

Represented the city of Yakima in the Yakima River water rights adjudication involving the Yakama Nation.
Represented Pierce County in connection with FERC licensing proceedings on the White River Project involving the Muckleshoot Tribe and the Puyallup Tribe.
Advised and represented international investment holding company in negotiations with tribal governments regarding redevelopment of the Port of Tacoma and Cherry Point, Washington.
Advised transnational corporation property owner on compliance with the Western District of Washington's Shellfish Implementation Plan (SIP) under United States v. Washington for the purposes of working with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to conduct a shellfish populations survey.
Advised railway company on tribal consultation requirements under federal law, including the National Historic Preservation Act.

Advised major resort and casino regarding state legislation designed to allow federally recognized Indian tribes to develop and operate off-reservation casino.

Represent the Duwamish Tribe in its efforts to be acknowledged as a federally recognized Indian tribe.

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