Indian Law and Tribal Relations
Our Indian Law practice has been recognized by Best Law Firms
(Regional Tier 2) for 2020 and by Chambers and Partners (Band 1, 2018-2020).
Sacks Tierney is an internationally recognized resource for tribal governments,
tribal enterprises and Native Americans in complex legal matters, and we assist non-Indian businesses in establishing enterprises on tribal land.
Our Indian Law practice has earned recognition from Best Law
Firms (published by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers) and from
London-based Chambers and Partners, which researches and ranks law firms
worldwide, in over 185 jurisdictions.
In its commentary, Chambers notes
Sacks Tierney's "excellent reputation for its expertise on matters including
tribal finance, sovereignty and governance, as well as voting and
Our strong relationships
with tribal governments and knowledge of pertinent federal laws allow us to
represent private-sector developers and other types of businesses in economic
development efforts on tribal lands.
We have been involved in
the gaming industry and the development of recreational and commercial
enterprises on Arizona reservations.
Sacks Tierney's Indian
and tribal relations attorneys regularly represent tribes, tribal corporations
and tribal enterprises, as well as individual Native Americans, in all aspects
of Indian law.
Our tribal clients benefit from our significant expertise in such
sovereignty and limited waivers of sovereign immunity,
the application of federal and state tax laws to tribal activities, and
economic development and advancement efforts being undertaken by tribes.
We also offer to tribal
governments broad experience in real estate, finance, labor and employment,
water and environmental, tax, bankruptcy, domestic relations, criminal and
dispute resolution. In addition, we recently represented Havasupai students in a
legal action over the federal government's failure to provide
basic education to Native American
Our attorneys serve as general counsel for tribal clients, providing advice on
business and governmental issues. We interpret applicable law; attend and
counsel at tribal council, board meetings and meetings of tribal membership; and
maintain tribal enterprise books and records.
We have extensive involvement with and expertise in a variety of issues
relating to economic development undertaken by tribes and tribal enterprises,
either alone or in joint venture with an outside entity.
attorneys counsel tribes and tribal corporations on the intricacies of taxation
in forming and operating tribal entities, allowing them to maximize the unique
benefits afforded them under federal and state law. We have represented existing
tribal entities in resolving disputes with federal and state agencies relating
to payment and collection of sales taxes, withholding taxes and income taxes.
Presentations by Judy Dworkin
“The Challenges in Indian Country in the 21st Century: Planning, Law, Community”
(co-presenter), The Graduate School of Geography and The Strassler Center for
Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, October 2016
Cannabis,” The Seminar Group, Seattle, July 2015 |
Indian Tribes Within the Federal System of Government,
U.S. Consulate, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, May 2014
Government Ethics in Funding & Procurement, Navajo Law Seminar, March 2013
Doing Business in Indian Country, NALS of Phoenix, March 2013
Indian Law 101, National Business
Institute Teleconference, January 2012
Indian Water Rights: Relevant
Case Law, Indian Water Law Conference, Arizona State University, October