Powers Principal Brian Gunn spoke at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Fall Annual Convention being held Sept. 17 through 21 in Spokane, Washington.
The five-day event, hosted by the Colville Confederated Tribes, provides members with discussions and presentations in regard to policy, legislation and the future of Indian Country in the Northwest. Brian spoke on Tuesday, Sept. 19, with John Dossett, general counsel for the National Congress of American Indians, to provide a legislative update on the state of Indian affairs in Washington, DC.
Other sessions this year included a presentation about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and another discussing how tribes may consider affirmative litigation to protect their water rights interests. There have also been presentations from members of Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Brian is a principal in the Power Pyles Sutter & Verville Indian Tribal Governments practice and a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. He specializes in matters related to the federal budget and appropriations, natural resources, federal lands and federal land transfers, taxation, energy development, and Indian health.