Wilda Wahpepah

Special Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Finance
  • Tribal and Indian Law
University University of Oklahoma, B.A.
Law SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame, J.D., cum laude, 2000 Dean's Award for Jurisprudence, Environmental Law and Water Law
Admitted2000, Minnesota; United States Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits; United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. (Not admitted in District of Columbia)

Wilda Wahpepah is a special counsel in the Finance & Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Wahpepah represents tribal governments, businesses and entities doing business with tribes across the country. Her areas of emphasis include regulatory counseling and advice related to tribal jurisdiction and governmental matters, gaming, finance and business development, natural resources and environmental law. Ms. Wahpepah represents tribal governments in state, federal, and tribal courts. She is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.


•Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2015

Publications & News

•Co-Author, The Sustained Attack on Tribal Sovereign Immunity - the Increased Application of the Ex Parte Young Doctrine to Tribal Governmental Officers, California Indian Law Association newsletter, Spring 2013
•Are Tribal Corps. Eligible For Bankruptcy Protection? Law360, March 13, 2013
•Co-Author, “Piercing the Tribal Corporate Veil, ” May 18, 2012, Minnesota CLE Annual Indian Law CLE, Prairie Island, Minn.
•Co-Author, “Hot Topics in Native American Financing, 2011, ” Nov. 3, 2011, Lorman Education Services, Online Webinar.
•Author, “Internet Gaming, ” Oct. 17, 2011, William Mitchell College of Law Second Annual Indian Law CLE, St. Paul, Minn.
•Co-Author, “Drafting Enforceable Contracts in Indian Country, ” May 5, 2011, Minnesota CLE Annual Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minn.
•Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Lake of the Torches Economic Development Corp, Spring 2011

Finance & Bankruptcy Law Blog Posts

•Federal Court Limits Tribe’s, Secretary’s Options When State Balks at Gaming Compact, October 22, 2014
•U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community et al., May 27, 2014
•Interior’s Carcieri Opinion Means More Diligence for Trust Land Development Projects, March 14, 2014
•Tribal Corporate Bankruptcy Petition Raises Issues of First Impression for Bankruptcy Court, March 7, 2013


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Federal Court Limits Tribe’s, Secretary’s Options When States Balk at Gaming Compact
Christine L. Swanick,Wilda Wahpepah, January 13, 2015
A federal district court in New Mexico has issued a decision finding that the U.S. Department of the Interior’s regulations permitting the Secretary of the Interior to adopt Class III gaming procedures for a tribe lacking a Tribal-State Compact are invalid and violate the Indian Gaming...

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community et al.
Christine L. Swanick,Wilda Wahpepah, June 13, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court (“Court”) issued a 5-4 decision today in a case with implications for Tribal-State relations and the resolution of disputes under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq. (“IGRA”). The Court in Michigan v. Bay Mills...
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Wilda Wahpepah

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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