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Indian Law, Governance and Tribal Business

The attorneys at mctlaw have extensive experience dealing with the legal challenges facing Indian governments and organizations relating to gaming, tribal governance, land use and environmental issues, Indian health, and historic preservation.

Meet Our Team

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Jeffrey Nelson

Jeffrey Nelson has served as the Assistant Solicitor at the Department of the Interior and Senior Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission. He is currently the Assistant Attorney General for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

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Laura Bauman

Laura Bauman brings extensive experience in complex civil litigation, including contract disputes, title defects, lien foreclosures & priority contests, and governance issues involving associations and private clubs. Earlier in her career, Ms. Bauman advised clients in transactional matters, which gives her a distinctive perspective when advising clients after a transaction has turned into a dispute.

Indian Gaming

The casino and gaming industry is a complex web of regulations and rules. Indian gaming adds on additional layer that can be nearly impossible to navigate. Our tribal gaming practice helps bridge the gaps between government, tribe, business and consumers. Our Firm’s Indian gaming practice includes:

  • Drafting Tribal Gaming Codes and Regulations
  • Negotiating Class III Gaming Compacts with State Governments
  • Advising Tribal Regulators on Compliance Matters
  • Working with Casino Business and Finance Partners


  • mctlaw Attorneys Help Small Tribes Enter the Gaming Market Over Opposition from Oklahoma’s Big Money Tribes.

Tribal Governance and Indian Sovereignty

Tribal governments have the sovereign right to govern themselves and their lands, and to excercise that sovereignty in many different ways. mctlaw can help tribal governments protect those rights, uphold tribal sovereignty, and exercise it for the long0term benefit of the tribe and its citizens. That includes:

  • Developing Tribal Codes and Court Rules
  • Negotiating Governance and Tax Compacts with Other Governments
  • Obtaining Pub. L. 638 Self-Determination Contracts and Self-Governance Compacts from the Department of the Interior
  • Obtaining Pub. L. 638 Self-Determination Contracts
  • Representing Tribal Government in Tribal Court
  • Advising on Economic Development Opportunities such as Government Contracts

Land Use and Environment

Our Firm also helps with complex issues relating to environmental problems or land-use planning, as well as agricultural issues such as regulating and promoting the production of hemp in Indian country pursuant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Hemp Program. We can also assist tribes with the complex National Environmental Policy Act consultation and public comment process and in the creation of regulations to implement the tribe’s environmental policies. Here’s an overview of how we can help with Indian land-use and environmental issues.

  • Taking Companies that Pollute Tribal Lands and Waters to Court
  • Developing Tribal Hemp Production Plans under USDA Program
  • Consulting with Federal Agencies on NEPA Planning Documents
  • Writing Environmental Regulations for Tribal Agency

Protecting Indian Heritage

mctlaw. understands how important it is to preserve and protect the rich history of Indians through legal means. There are many ways we can use the law in upholding Indian sovereignty, including negotiating agreements to protect valuable cultural properties and helping get the word out on government planning that interferes with the Indian way of life. Our Firm is committed to helping preserve Indian history by:

  • Negotiating MOAs to Protect Traditional Cultural Properties
  • Working with the Press to Expose Insensitive Government Planning

Indian Health Services

The mission of the Indian Health Services is to provide public health services to American Indian and Native Alaskan peoples. The way those healthcare services are distributed may sometimes be discriminatory and the quality of services may not be equivalent among tribes. Our attorneys investigate complaints of healthcare discrimination and take any legal actions necessary to hold agencies and providers accountable.

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