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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).

Tribal Environmental Programs, Laws & Regulations

  • Provide counsel on tribal environmental programs to protecting and preserving the natural environment and to maintain sovereign governmental authority over tribal lands.
  • Assist tribes in developing tribal environmental, natural resources and cultural and historic preservation laws and regulations.
  • Assist tribes to develop regulatory programs within the framework of federal laws that authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to treat tribes in the same manner as states.
  • Provide counsel to tribes to develop laws to establish environmental review processes under tribal law.
  • Assist tribal officials and staff to write the statutory text to implement tribal values in a manner consistent with federal law and the federal-tribal government-to-government relationship.
  • Work with tribal government agencies to carry out rulemaking to implement tribal environmental laws, including the development of administrative law enforcement mechanisms.
  • Conduct workshops on environmental and cultural preservation issues for tribal government officials and staff, and for the tribal membership.
  • Draft and negotiate various kinds of environmental agreements and compacts with both federal and state government agencies.
  • Draft and update tribal environmental, natural resources and cultural and historic preservation codes and develop, administer and enforce tribal environmental protection programs.


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