Indian Tribal Governments

The Indian Tribal Governments Group at Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville provides a full range of legal, legislative 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 clients on federal legislative and regulatory matters, business planning, corporate structures, energy development and environmental law, state and federal tax issues, financing and contracting issues, gaming development and regulation, healthcare, housing and community development, human resources, fee-to-trust land acquisitions, and Tribal Self-Governance.

Our Group is oriented toward helping our clients design and implement strategies to achieve their social, business and economic goals within a complex legal regulatory framework.

The Group is led by three Principals who have decades of experience in federal Indian law, congressional advocacy, regulatory policy and rulemaking, and project finance and development on Indian lands. Principals in this Group 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