Indian Tribal Governments

The Indian Tribal Governments practice at Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville provides a full range of legal and government relations services to Indian tribal governments and organizations, tribally-owned corporations and private entities doing business with tribes.

The group advises a broad range of tribal law clients on federal legislative and regulatory matters, business planning, corporate structures, energy development and environmental law, state and federal tax and audits, financing and contracting issues, gaming development and regulation, healthcare, housing and community development, human resources, fee-to-trust land acquisitions, and tribal governance.

Indian Tribal Governments Law Firm

Our tribal law firm practice is oriented toward helping clients design and implement strategies to achieve their social, business and economic goals within a complex legal regulatory framework. The Indian Tribal Governments law firm practice at Powers has decades of experience representing Indian tribes, tribal corporations, and private sector entities on Capitol Hill, across the agencies of the Federal government, and in commercial transactions.

The practice is led by three Principals who have expertise in federal Indian law, congressional advocacy, regulatory policy and rulemaking, and project finance and development on Indian lands. Principals in this practice include:

  • Paul Moorehead, formerly chief counsel and staff director to the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and counsel and government affairs director to the National Congress of American Indians
  • Kevin Wadzinski, an enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians and a founding member of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
  • Brian Gunn, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, a National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development "Native American 40 Under 40" in 2012 and a National Law Journal "Minority 40 Under 40" in 2011