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Dentons US LLP

Corporate Partner

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Today, tribal governments and businesses confront an increasingly complicated legal, political and business dynamic. These complications can impede the realization of governmental and economic development goals of tribes and tribal businesses.

At Dentons, our track record is virtually unmatched when it comes to helping clients construct strategies that take into account the frequent interplay of the courts, the regulatory role of federal agencies, the influence of Congress and the realities of the current political climate. Nationally ranked by Chambers USA as one of the best Native American law practices in the US, our team is unique in the breadth of experience we collectively offer you. Count on the expertise of our lawyers and public policy professionals, including those who have served in tribal government—we count among us a former tribal president—and in the US Congress.

You will benefit from lawyers who have served at the federal agencies most directly involved in American Indian, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian issues, including: the Department of the Interior (Office of the Secretary, Office of the Solicitor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and the Secretary's Office of Indian Water Rights); the Department of Justice (Office of the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Indian Resources section); and the National Indian Gaming Commission (including a former acting chairman and former head of enforcement).

As a result of our deep knowledge, we can cost-effectively help you with a particularly wide range of issues, including:

  • Fee-to-trust (Section 20, reservation proclamations and Carcieri/Patchak analyses)
  • Business development (gaming, energy, 8a, tribal bonding, conventional financing and tax analysis)
  • Tribal governance
  • Complex litigation
  • Cultural protection

The bottom line: at Dentons, we consider it both an honor and a privilege to serve Native America.