NATIVE AMERICAN AND TRIBAL LAW

Barr Law Group has vast experience and great passion representing our Native American clients as they seek to develop tribal opportunities and resources to benefit their communities. Our attorneys have, and will continue to, vigorously protect tribal sovereignty from private organizations and governments.

Our expertise in this ever-evolving and challenging field includes working in a cutting edge legal environment where we helped a federally recognized tribe develop its patent technology and research sector as part of its overall economics diversification strategy.

EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR RELATIONS

We have represented a federally recognized Native American tribe in an array of employment-related matters concerning hiring, employee benefits and wrongful termination litigation. This area of our practice often involves issues surrounding the applicability of federal and state employment-related laws to tribal employers.

 

FEDERAL RECOGNITION

We successfully represented a federally recognized Native American tribe before the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs in a challenge to the federal government’s recognition of the tribal chiefs.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT

We have assisted a federally recognized Native American tribe in the structuring of highly sensitive agreements between its tribal police department and state law enforcement.

 

LITIGATION

Our firm has been involved in a wide variety of state and federal litigation on behalf of a federally recognized Native American tribe. The cases take many different forms and often involve the protection of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, tribal governance issues, and federal and state regulatory claims.These cases have involved multiple interactions with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) as well as various state and federal agencies.

 

NATIVE GAMING

We have been involved in an array of Native gaming issues that often concern the interaction of the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), tribal-state gaming compacts and tribal gaming commissions. This work includes Class II and Class III gaming, such as casino table games, slot machines and bingo.

 

REAL ESTATE & FINANCE

Our lawyers have represented federally recognized Native American tribes in connection with financings. In particular, such representation has included eight- and nine-figure bank financings for expansion of a reservation-based casino, construction of a hotel and construction of a supermarket.

 

SOVERIGN IMMUNITY

In a precedent-setting federal case, we successfully invoked sovereign immunity to defeat third-party civil subpoenas served on a federally recognized Native American tribe’s chiefs. Our firm is frequently called upon in a variety of contexts to invoke and protect tribal immunity.