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Lawyers from the firm assisted a tribe in securing the first California law to recognize the concurrent criminal jurisdiction of an Indian tribe by recognizing tribal law enforcement vehicles as emergency vehicles and the authority of tribal law enforcement.

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Indian Reservation Roads and Tribal Transportation Programs: Statutory and Regulatory Authorities

Attorney Biography - Stephen V. Quesenberry

Partner
Tel: 510.280.5135
Fax: 510.849.0749
Email: squesenberry@hobbsstraus.com

Law Enforcement

  • Provide counsel to tribes on the extent of tribal jurisdiction over on-reservation law enforcement activities, their right to enter into self-determination and self-governance agreements to manage tribal police departments and tribal courts.
  • Advise tribes on obtaining financial support for staffing and for construction and repair of law enforcement facilities.
  • Advise on legal issues which may arise in connection with tribal administration of law enforcement programs.

Tribal TANF & Child Welfare

  • Provide counsel and assistance to tribes and tribal organizations to preserve and exercise their sovereign authority to protect their children and families under programs including:

Transportation

  • Provide counsel to tribal governments on transportation issues to enhance self-government capacity, improve infrastructure for economic development and provide for safe reliable transportation for Indian communities.
  • Advocate on behalf of tribes for Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) program rulemaking and draft comments on proposed IRR rules.
  • Participate in National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) workgroup and lawyer-lobbyist team to advocate greater authority for tribal government

Tribal Courts

  • Advise and assist tribes on establishing and improving tribal court systems.
  • Draft and revise tribal court codes.
  • Assist tribes in developing jurisdictional scope for tribal courts.
  • Draft rules of procedure and evidence for tribal courts.
  • Provide representation for enforcement of tribal court judgments in non-Indian courts.

Education

  • Provide counsel to tribes and school boards on tribally-operated elementary and secondary schools funded by Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
  • Advise tribes on laws related to BIA-funded schools, including:
    • P.L.

Programs & Services

High quality programs in healthcare, education, child welfare, law enforcement and legal services are vital to the advancement and personal well-being of Indian and Alaska Native people.

Attorney Biography - F. Michael Willis

Partner
Tel: 202.822.8282
Fax: 202.296.8834
Email: mwillis@hobbsstraus.com
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