7 Steps Tribes Can Take Now to Prepare for US Patent Office Consultations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is not the first place tribes and practitioners of traditional knowledge have historically turned to protect Indigenous culture. The USTPO operates mainly to commodify, quantify, and draw borders around who may know what, in the service of protecting proprietary knowledge. Tribal cultural knowledge generally does not operate […]

Everything is Better With Good Government

Helping Tribes Make Modern Constitutions and Improve Tribal Governing Documents Attorney Jeffrey Nelson from the Firm’s Indian Law group discusses the history of the Mattaponi Tribe in Virginia, as well as their recent election under their newly drafted election code and constitution. He highlights the importance of tribal governance documents written for and with the […]

mctlaw Advises Tribes About the Department of the Treasury Consultation on the Tax Status of Tribally Chartered Corporations

On May 15, 2023, the Department of the Treasury announced that it would be holding consultation sessions on the status of tribally chartered corporations. Two consultation meetings were held via conference call in June.  The Department will be receiving written comments until Friday, August 18, 2023.  This is an important opportunity of which all tribes […]

Promising Changes to Native American Housing Law Will Help Families Purchase Homes and Tribes Plan for the Future

The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) is THE law that funds housing for Native American people through block grants, special loan programs, and other funding sources. It had not been re-authorized since 2013. Last Thursday, July it was re-authorized with a bipartisan vote of 86 to 11—a significant renewal on its […]

The Supreme Court Decision in Arizona v. Navajo Nation

The Supreme Court recently issued one of its more frightening Indian law decisions in Arizona v. Navajo Nation. The decision holds that the although the Navajo Nation Treaty of 1868 reserved the necessary water to accomplish the purposes of the Nation and the United States in creating the Navajo Reservation, it does not require the […]

Supreme Court Upholds the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) – Giving Tribes Priority in Adoption of Native American Children

Today the Supreme Court upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) in its 7-2 decision in Brackeen v. Haaland. This case, brought by the State of Texas and individual plaintiffs seeking to adopt Indian children, challenged the constitutionality of the ICWA. The Supreme Court rejected every challenge raised by the plaintiffs either through outright affirmation […]

Online Gaming: How Tribes Can Use a Hub-and-Spoke Gaming Model to Link Reservations, Increase Play, and Reduce Costs

After the Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports wagering in 2018, sports wagering not only exploded in popularity but was also quickly launched into the 21st century with the proliferation of online sportsbooks, particularly mobile app-based sports betting platforms. It is impossible to turn on the TV without being flooded with advertisements for […]

Minnesota Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

On May 30 Minnesota became the 23rd State to legalize recreational cannabis. It joins a much smaller list of states that included Tribes in their cannabis regulatory scheme. One perk that Minnesota Tribes will enjoy under this new law (that is not the case in Washington state) is that Tribes can enter into tax agreements […]

Historic Vote Sees Mattaponi Tribe Adopt First Written Constitution

The Mattaponi Indian Tribe of Virginia held a groundbreaking election on April 29th, 2023, where voting members unanimously elected their first-ever written constitution, drafted with the assistance of mctlaw attorney Derril Jordan. This landmark election represents a significant step towards the Tribe becoming federally recognized. With 35 years of experience in Indian law, Jordan is a member […]

RES 2023 Misuse of Railway Easements in Indian Country

Going Off the Rails – Misuse of Railway Easements in Indian Country – If You Missed it at RES 2023 If you weren’t able to attend RES 2023, then we’ll bring RES to you. Here’s a recap of our panel discussion “Going Off the Rails – Misuse of Railway Easements in Indian Country,” hosted by […]

Sauk-Suiattle appeal over fishing rights in the Skagit River

Today, mctlaw appellate attorney Jennifer Maglio appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle on behalf of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe. She presented oral argument in the appeal of a sub-proceeding in U.S. v. Washington, the well-known treaty fishing rights case in the State of Washington. The Tribe’s appeal concerns whether the Tribe […]

Mctlaw Completes Trademark Registration for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians

mctlaw recently completed the trademark registration for the word “Keetoowah ” on behalf of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB). It is now registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This new trademark comes after mctlaw also helped the UKB register for trademark protections on their tribal seal. Mctlaw attorney Sophie Asher […]

Mctlaw’s Indian Law Practice Group Visits the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Reservation

In July, mctlaw‘s Indian law practice group attorneys Jeffrey Nelson, Derril Jordan, Sophie Asher, and Kehl Winkle visited the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, one of the firm’s tribal clients, at the Tribe’s Reservation near Darrington, Washington. After a meeting with members of the Tribal Council, they accompanied Tribal Council member Kevin Lenon into the backcountry to […]

mctlaw completes the trademark registration for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians’ insignia

mctlaw recently completed the trademark registration for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians’ insignia, or seal. It is now registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The tribal seal is the official emblem of the UKB. The UKB places its seal on almost everything — including official correspondence, flags, T-shirts, tribal government vehicles, […]

SSIT Sports Wagering Approval

On June 14, 2022, the Department of the Interior published notice of the Sauk Suiattle Indian Tribe Gaming Compact Amendment that now authorizes the Tribe to operate sports betting. Attorney Kehl VanWinkle authored this amendment and testified before the State Legislature on behalf of our clients, the Sauk Suiattle Indian Tribe. You can review the […]

mctlaw Helps Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Finalize Alcohol Sales MOU

Kehl Van Winkle of mctlaw just completed a long-standing goal of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe by finalizing an Alcohol Sales Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Washington.  Alcohol sales have never before been allowed on the Sauk-Suiattle Reservation, which was created in 1984.  But under the terms of the new MOU, the Tribe will […]

Tribal Leaders Seek Win In Okla. Gambling Pact Challenge

Source: Law360 Law360 (March 15, 2022, 6:02 PM EDT) — The heads of two Oklahoma tribes have asked a D.C. federal judge to hand them a win in a suit against them and the U.S. Department of the Interior by four other tribes challenging their gambling compacts with the governor, saying the case lacks legal […]

mctlaw nominates Kristie Bradley to be a member of the 2022 class of Native American 40 under 40!   

mctlaw has the honor of nominating Kristie Bradley, from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB), for the 2022 Native American 40 Under 40 award. Kristie is the UKB’s Tribal Court Administrator, and she has shown extraordinary leadership, perseverance, and dedication to her mission to expand the UKB’s Tribal Court, all while dealing with […]

Appellate and Indian Law Attorneys File Ninth Circuit Opening Brief on Behalf of Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe’s Treaty Fishing Rights in United States v. Washington 

The Appellate and Indian Law Groups at mctlaw have filed an Opening Brief before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of the State of Washington.  The issue on appeal is whether the Sauk-Suiattle have treaty fishing rights in the Skagit River.    The 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott guaranteed all of […]

Attorneys Join Sauk-Suiattle in Fight Over Gorge Dam

The Indian law group at mctlaw is excited to join the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe’s ongoing efforts to convince the City of Seattle to modify its 300-foot-high Gorge Dam on the Skagit River to allow salmon passage. The dam has blocked salmon and other migratory fish from traveling upriver to spawn for the last 100 years, […]

Appointment of Sophie Asher for Prosecutions

Appointment of Attorney Sophie Asher for Prosecutions Congratulations to mctlaw’s Sophie Asher on being appointed as an outside-counsel Assistant Attorney General at the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Sophie will now assist the Tribe by prosecuting criminal defendants in UKB Tribal Court, mostly by remote connection from Seattle! AG Appointment of Sophie […]

Mctlaw Honored to Represent Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Mctlaw is honored to begin its representation of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe in the State of Washington!  We look forward to working with the Tribe’s leaders and co-counsel on a number of critical matters.  You can learn more about the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe here: www.sauk-suiattle.com

mctlaw Welcomes Attorneys Sophie Asher & Kehl Van Winkle

Attorneys Sophie Asher and Kehl Van Winkle Join mctlaw Mctlaw is pleased to announce the additions of Attorneys Sophie Asher and Kehl Van Winkle, Esq. to the Firm’s Indian Law and Civil Litigation Practice Group. “I’m excited to welcome Sophie Asher and Kehl Van Winkle into our expanding Indian Law practice,” says Managing Partner Altom […]