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Greenberg Traurig’s American Indian Law Practice is a multidisciplinary legal and governmental affairs team. The attorneys strive to provide broad legal representation for litigation, transactional, and public policy matters concerning Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Greenberg Traurig’s Proven Track Record

The Greenberg Traurig American Indian Law Practice is equipped to provide wide-ranging solutions to clients. They deliver targeted legal and public policy counsel to Tribal governments, associated business enterprises and other entities, and to companies, governments, and non-profit organizations working with Tribes or investing in related commercial opportunities.

Greenberg Traurig’s practice encompasses the full diversity of Tribes as self-governing sovereigns engaged in wide-ranging business endeavors nationally and internationally, embracing the entire range of litigation and transactional matters.


The Greenberg Traurig team provides comprehensive trial and appellate litigation services in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts. The attorneys handle:

  • Cases in the U.S. District, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals (including the District of Columbia, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits), and the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Native American Tribal Court trials, appeals, and the exhaustion of Tribal court remedies under Federal law
  • Complex civil litigation in the courts of the Hualapai Tribe, Navajo Nation, Oglala Sioux Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, and various other Tribal courts
  • Tribal-related state trial and appellate court litigation on diverse matters such as taxation, consumer protection laws, tribal sovereign immunity, and the Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Arbitration under the American Arbitration Association and other rules
  • FINRA mediation and arbitration in securities matters
  • Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Peacemaking
  • Federal administrative litigation, including the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration
  • Tribal administrative litigation, such as the Navajo Office of Hearings and Appeals, Navajo Labor Commission, and Navajo Occupational Health and Safety Administration
  • National Indian Gaming Commission proceedings
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rate cases as well as FERC-related project litigation in Federal court
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau matters involving Tribes and Tribal entities
  • Arbitration and mediation services, including American Arbitration Act and FINRA proceedings involving Tribes and Tribal entities
  • Corporate and financial structuring involving Tribally-owned enterprises, leased lands, and assets
  • Commercial development, both on and off-Reservation, ranging from banking, financial services and insurance, to gaming, entertainment, and resort development
  • Due diligence and contract negotiations involving Tribal governments and enterprises
  • Energy, water, and natural resource development on Tribal trust, allotted, and fee lands
  • Projects involving utilities, pipelines, mining companies, transportation, and infrastructure development on Tribal lands and covered by Tribal laws and/or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other federal statutes
  • Right-of-way negotiations and non-Indians’ access to Tribal lands under applicable law and regulation
  • Environmental compliance and Federal and Tribal administrative, civil, and criminal investigations concerning Tribal land, and water resources
  • Uranium, asbestos, and other environmental remediation activities on Tribal lands
  • Tribal and Federal workplace enforcement actions
  • Internal Tribal investigations of alleged misappropriation of Tribe’s property and other potential legal and ethical misconduct
  • Lobbying and governmental affairs representation at the Tribal, State, and Federal level

Representative Litigation Engagements:

  • Banking, finance, and consumer protection
  • Class action litigation
  • Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Treatment as a State
  • Contract and arbitration award enforcement
  • Criminal jurisdiction over disputed Tribal-State lands
  • Defamation under Tribal law
  • Establishing Tribe’s reservation boundaries
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Exhaustion of Tribal court remedies
  • Federal grand jury investigations
  • FINRA and securities mediation and arbitration
  • Hunting and fishing rights
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Insurance coverage
  • Montana doctrine and tribal civil jurisdiction
  • National Historic Preservation Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Navajo Treaty of 1868 and other Tribal treaties
  • Oil and gas leasing and assignments
  • OSHA and workplace enforcement
  • Products liability and mass-tort actions
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Taxation and the Cotton Petroleum doctrine
  • Toxic tort, underground storage tanks, and CERCLA
  • Trespass actions on Tribal lands and rights-of-way
  • Tribal preferences and employment rights ordinances
  • Tribal governance and sovereign immunity
  • Uranium remediation and UMTRCA
  • Water rights adjudication and settlement
  • White collar representation of Tribal officials
  • Wrongful death and personal injury

Transactional & Commercial Law

The Greenberg Traurig team has broad and deep experience in representing Tribes and Tribally-owned enterprises, and non-Indian companies and organizations in related commercial endeavors in a vast range of settings:

Representative Transactional Engagements

  • Bond issuances involving Tribes and Tribal enterprises
  • Carbon offset agreements with Tribes under California law
  • Corporate structuring
  • Commitment letters related to insurance
  • Defined benefit and deferred compensation plans
  • Dispute resolution and choice of law/forum provisions
  • Due diligence
  • Employment and labor agreements
  • Exploration and development agreements
  • Fee land into trust applications
  • Gaming negotiations
  • Issuers and underwriters agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Law enforcement and judicial training programs
  • Mineral leasing and lease assignments
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Pipelines
  • Procurement and government contracting
  • Project permitting
  • Retirement plans
  • Tax strategies
  • Tribal governance and 638 contracting
  • Traditional and alternative energy projects
  • Tribal code development
  • Tribal enterprise and corporation formation
  • Tribal sovereign lending, finance, and banking
  • Unionization and the National Labor Relations Act
  • Water rights advice and counsel
  • Welfare benefit plans