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In a joint effort with the United States, our attorneys successfully established the right of tribal health contractors to collect third-party reimbursements in U.S. and Norton Sound Health Corp. v. Bering Strait School District, 138 F.3d 1281 (9th Cir. 1998).

Federal Recognition

  • Provide counsel to tribes on obtaining federal recognition by Congress and the Secretary of the Interior through the Federal Acknowledgment Process and the Alaska Indian Reorganization Act.
  • Advise tribes on the collection and presentation of documentation in support of its petition for federal recognition.
  • Guide professional experts in documenting the continuity of a tribal community’s existence and political authority.
  • Advise tribes on the mechanisms for acquiring financial support for the acknowledgment process.
  • Negotiate financing agreements.
  • Provide legal counsel for the federal recognition process including:
    • Land claims
    • Gaming
    • Political support in Congress and states


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