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Tribal

Overview

Native Americans face unique legal challenges that are becoming ever more complex in today’s changing world. Our attorneys are experienced and skilled in historic work with tribal leaders, program staff, and reservation attorneys across the country to problem-solve and identify innovative solutions to both new and age-old problems.

For more than 30 years, OMW attorneys have relied upon their unparalleled experience to navigate—and where necessary, to pave the way—through the complicated terrain that lies at the crossroads of federal, tribal, and state laws and their associated regulations. By understanding the unique nature of Tribal Law, our attorneys are positioned to meet the diverse needs and interests of Native American tribes, tribal business enterprises, and other tribal instrumentalities. This unique expertise is valuable not only for our tribal clients, but also for non-tribal clients who seek to conduct business in Indian Country.

OMW’s goal is to resolve matters whenever possible in the most cost-effective way, by working collaboratively with federal agencies, local governments, and private entities. However, when a cooperative approach is not possible, our attorneys are not reluctant to utilize their extensive experience in representing Tribal governments in environmental and natural resource litigation. Our attorneys have successfully represented tribes in federal district courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, tribal courts, and administrative agencies.


We draw upon the skills and expertise of attorneys throughout the firm to provide a wide range of legal services to tribes and tribal members, including:

  • Tribal sovereignty and governance
  • Jurisdiction and venue matters
  • Drafting tribal laws, ordinances, and resolutions
  • Enforcement of Tribal environmental laws
  • Legislative counseling and advocacy
  • Tribal business regulatory compliance
  • Real estate, land use, and fee-to-trust transactions
  • Construction projects on tribal lands
  • Government permits and approvals
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Public and media relations
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