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Haglund Kelley attorneys have been providing legal counsel to Indian tribes and Alaskan Natives for more than 30 years. They understand and respect the cultural heritage and values of native peoples and are committed to supporting their sovereignty, protecting their rights and promoting their economic interests.

Our Indian law attorneys offer clients an extensive knowledge of the complex federal, state and tribal laws and administrative actions impacting tribes and a deep understanding of the cultural, social and economic needs of Indian tribes. This principled blend of strengths makes them uniquely qualified to provide strategic counsel and legal guidance on a full range of Indian law matters.

Indian Law Focus Areas

  • Economic Development
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
  • Cultural and Archaeological Protection
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Tribal Law and Order Code Development and Implementation
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Land Management and Acquisition
  • Gaming

Representative Work

Briefed several important Indian rights cases for the United States Supreme Court, including:

United States v. John (Indian country)


Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe (tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians)


U.S. v. Washington (treaty fishing rights)


Cook Inlet Tribal Council v. Catholic Social Services, Inc. (cert denied in an important Indian Child Welfare Act case.)


Kootenai Tribe of Idaho — representation of natural resource interests of tribal importance in a variety of contexts, including District of Oregon's long-running Federal Columbia River Power System litigation, ESA litigation in the District of Montana and Idaho Roadless Rule litigation in Idaho District Court.


Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians — representation of Tribe in context of ongoing cooperative Natural Resource Damage Assessment process involving the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.


Metlakatla Indian Community — assisted the Tribe in successful defense of Pacific halibut fishery rule promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service for the guided sport charter fishery in certain Alaskan waters.


Scudero v. Metlakatla Indian Community — successfully defended Tribal Council's action expelling elected official in tribal court and on appeal.


Lancaster v. the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation — successfully defended tribal economic development entity in action for wrongful termination in tribal court and on appeal.


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