Derril B. Jordan is a senior Indian law attorney and partner with mctlaw, with almost 35 years of experience representing tribes as in-house counsel and in private practice. Mr. Jordan also served for several years as a presidential appointee in the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, where he was the top lawyer for the Division of Indian Affairs. At mctlaw, Mr. Jordan now concentrates his practice on developing tribal enterprises, strengthening tribal governance, and improving government-to-government relationships between Indian tribes and the federal government. He also represents clients in Federal Takings cases before the United States Court of Federal Claims.
As a tribal member himself, Mr. Jordan has dedicated his career to the representation of Indian tribes and the strengthening of tribal sovereignty. Mr. Jordan has served tribes in several capacities. He has been in-house counsel to three Native American tribes—the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Michigan; the Seneca Nation in New York; and the Quinault Indian Nation in Washington State. Mr. Jordan has also represented tribes across the nation as outside counsel, working on a wide variety of Indian law issues, including land claim litigation, gaming compact and ordinance approvals, trust land acquisitions, historic and cultural preservation issues, federal recognition and enrollment issues, and constitutional law and tribal code drafting. His extensive and diverse career has made him an experienced and effective advocate on behalf of tribes and tribal organizations.
Mr. Jordan is able to call on long-standing relationships between U.S. government officials and agency staff. He has represented tribal clients before the Departments of Interior, Justice, and Agriculture, among others. He has also represented tribes before Congress. During his time as the Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs, he provided written and oral testimony before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on sovereign immunity and gaming legislation, and prepared congressional testimony for other Departmental witnesses. He also testified before the Native American Affairs Subcommittee of the House of Representatives on gaming issues and proposed federal recognition legislation.
Derril B. Jordan knows firsthand about the most pressing issues facing Indian Country, and he brings vast knowledge and experience of those issues to mctlaw and his clients.
- Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs at the United States Department of the Interior
- Attorney General of the Quinault Indian Nation
- Attorney General for the Seneca Nation of Indians
- Tribal Attorney for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- New Mexico
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- Washington, D.C.
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Seneca Nation of Indians, Peacemakers Courts
- Saginaw Chippewa Tribe
- Jicarilla Apache Nation
- Mattaponi Indian Tribe
- Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians
- Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School
- Master of Social Work from Temple University
- Bachelor of Social Work, Cum laude, from Temple University
- Indian Law, Tribal Governance, and Native-Owned Businesses
- Indian Gaming
- Tribal Sovereignty
- SBA Small Business Programs
- Government Contracts
- Adjunct Professor of Law – Federal Indian Law at Cornell Law School (Fall 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012)
- Adjunct Professor of Law – Federal Indian Law at State University of New York at Buffalo (Fall 1995)
- Derril Jordan and Dr. Don Zillioux, Eyes Wide Open: Tribal Economic Development for Those Who Would Rather Be Safe Than Sorry, Tribal Business Journal, October 2016
- Derril Jordan and Dr. Don Zillioux, Can I Get There From Here? The Need for Planning and Goal Setting, Tribal Business Journal, November 2016
- Derril Jordan and Don Zillioux, Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself, December 2016
- Valerie Red-Horse and Derril Jordan, Tribal Economic Diversification: Expanding Beyond Gaming, Casino Enterprise Management, October 2011
- Derill Jordan, Creating the Proper Legal Infrastructure for Economic Development, Gaming Capital Group, October 2016
Legal Opinions Authored
- Coyote Valley Reservation Indian Lands Determination
- Betty Green Allotment Qualifies as Indian Lands for Elk Valley Rancheria
- Little River Band Restored Lands Determination
- Little Traverse Bay Band Restored Land Determination (Victories Tract)
- Little Traverse Bay Band Restored Land Determination (Mackinaw City Tracts)
- Paskenta Band Restored Land Determination
- United Auburn Indian Community Restored Land Determination
- Derril Jordan Testimony Before the House Natural Resources Committee on Federal Recognition
- Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma Indian Land Status
- Derril Jordan Testimony before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Tribal Sovereign Immunity
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