INDIAN LAW, TRIBAL GOVERNANCE, AND NATIVE-OWNED BUSINESS​ES

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

Meet Our Team

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Jeffrey Nelson
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Sophie Asher
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Kehl Van Winkle
Pamela Levinson Attorney mctlaw
Pamela Levinson
Jason Cejka

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Webinar: Recent Indian Law Litigation in the Court of Federal Funds
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Indian Gaming

The casino and gaming industry is a complex web of regulations and rules. Indian gaming adds an additional layer that can be nearly impossible to navigate. Our tribal gaming practice helps bridge the gaps between federal government, state 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

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Tribal Governance and Indian Sovereignty

Tribal governments have the sovereign right to govern themselves and their lands, and to exercise that sovereignty in many different ways. mctlaw can help tribal governments protect those rights, uphold tribal sovereignty, and exercise it for the long term 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
  • 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

The Maglio Christopher & Toale law firm 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 Alaskan Native 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.

News & Announcements

  • Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Insignia

    Attorneys Join Sauk-Suiattle in Fight Over Gorge Dam

    The Indian law group at Maglio Christopher & Toale 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

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  • 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

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  • Webinar: A Clearheaded Look at Marijuana as Tribal Enterprise

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TESTIMONIALS

The Indian law attorneys at mctlaw have been fantastic. They have really helped give new life to the UKB Tribal Court, both in terms of funding and the development of tribal law.

Kristie Bradley​
Tribal Court Administrator and citizen of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma​

The attorneys at mctlaw are easy to work with while still producing high quality results. They listen to our needs and take on many different issues and opportunities facing tribes today.

Nino Maltos, II
Chairman, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

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