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Tribal governments have the sovereign right to govern themselves and their lands, and to exercise that sovereignty in many ways. Mctlaw helps 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, Regulations, and Court Rules

Mctlaw writes tribal codes and regulations for many tribal clients. Codes and regulations such as:

Our attorneys are careful to learn the Tribe’s goals and preferred approaches, and then develop legislative or regulatory language that clearly and effectively meets the Tribe’s needs.

Negotiating Governance and Tax Compacts with Other Governments

The attorneys at mctlaw negotiate intergovernmental compacts with state and local governments for tribal clients. These include class III gaming compacts, cannabis sales compacts, retail tax compacts, and payment in lieu of leasehold excise tax agreements.

Obtaining Pub. Law 638 Self-Determination Contracts and Self-Governance Compacts

Public Law 638 gives federally recognized Indian tribes the right to enter contracts with the Federal government to serve their tribal members and other eligible persons. Our firm has significant experience working with the Department of the Interior and the Indian Health Service on Pub. Law 638 contracts and compacts, as well as other sources of federal funding for tribal programs.

Representing Tribal Government in Tribal Court

Mctlaw represents the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe as prosecutors and assistant attorneys general in the tribes’ respective tribal courts. We represent these tribes in criminal cases, Indian child welfare cases, and cases involving tribal governance and enrollment.

Advising on Economic Development Opportunities such as Government Contracts

Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act gives tribes and native-owned businesses a leg up on the competition to supply federal agencies with goods and services. Our Indian law group includes government contract attorneys who advise tribes from the early planning stages to negotiating and implementing a lucrative contract with the federal government.


Content Reviewed by Derril Jordan – Indian Law

Derril Jordan is a mctlaw Indian Law Attorney

Derril B. Jordan is an Indian law attorney and partner with mctlaw, with 35 years of experience representing tribes as in-house counsel and in private practice. Mr. Jordan served 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 concentrates on developing tribal enterprises, strengthening tribal governance, and improving government-to-government relationships between Indian tribes and the federal government. As a tribal member himself, Mr. Jordan has dedicated his career to the representation of Indian tribes and the strengthening of tribal sovereignty.

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