Get the Knowledge You Need to Negotiate Contracts on Tribal Lands
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The unique intricacies of Native American land use issues often make contract negotiations difficult. Confusion over jurisdiction, federal government red tape and cultural differences create unexpected challenges for all parties involved. No matter what side of the table you sit on, this comprehensive overview on Indian country contracts will alleviate much of this confusion and give you useful knowledge you can immediately use in your next round of negotiations. Use your knowledge of the in's and out's of tribal land use law to negotiate contracts that protect your clients' best interests - order today!
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DANNA R. JACKSON is chief legal counsel for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) for the state of Montana. The DNRC is composed of four divisions: Trust Lands, Water Resources, Conservation and Resource Development, and Forestry. As chief legal counsel, Ms. Jackson manages and supervises the legal staff for the department and coordinates legal responses for the state of Montana, including in state, administrative, and federal court. She provides legal review for complex and routine transactions, including but not limited to, commercial real estate contracts, process agreements, tribal compact matters, and conservation easements. She has spent most of her career in natural resource and Indian law, mostly in Montana but also in Washington, D.C. The majority of her career has been in public service, including serving as a staff attorney for the National Indian Gaming Commission, a Senate legislative staffer, and as an assistant United States attorney and tribal liaison for the district of Montana. Ms. Jackson also spent five years as counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s American Indian Law and Policy Section. She graduated from the University of Montana Law School in 1996. Ms. Jackson is an active member of the State Bar of Montana and is and inactive member of the District of Columbia Bar.
MONTE MILLS is an associate professor and co-director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. He teaches a variety of Indian law courses and works with clinical students on a range of legal matters in the Indian Law Clinic. He writes and publishes on a variety of Indian law-related matters, primarily focusing on the intersection of Indian law and natural resources. Prior to joining the faculty at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, Mr. Mills was the director of the Legal Department for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado, an in-house counsel department that he helped organize and implement in 2005 following completion of a unique two-year in-house attorney training program. As director of the tribe's Legal Department, Mr. Mills represented and counseled the tribe on a broad array of issues, including litigation in tribal, state and federal courts; legislative matters before the Colorado General Assembly and the United States Congress; and internal tribal matters, such as contracting, code-drafting, and gaming issues.
MAJEL RUSSELL is a founding partner in the law firm and currently practices in numerous areas of law including, representation of Indian tribes, Indian housing authorities, Indian businesses, school districts and other tribal entities, real estate transactions, agricultural leasing, water law, negotiations with federal and state entities, construction contracts, and civil litigation in federal, state and tribal courts. In 2007, Ms. Russell took a one year leave of absence from Elk River Law Office to serve as principal deputy assistant secretary, Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. In that position, Ms. Russell gained insightful experience in federal budget priorities, working with existing policies and regulations and strategies to overcome bureaucratic obstacles. Prior to opening the firm, Ms. Russell was an associate attorney at a law firm in Great Falls, Montana. Ms. Russell provided legal representation for numerous Indian housing authorities, including but not limited to, Fort Belknap Housing Authority, Blackfeet Indian Housing Authority, and Crow Tribal Housing Authority. She also represented Indian school districts, private clients in civil litigation, and provided technical assistance, training, and representation for Indian Child Welfare Act cases and issues. Prior to working in Great Falls, Ms. Russell was the chief prosecutor for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes where she prosecuted adult and juvenile offenders, and fish and game violators. Ms. Russell graduated from the University of Montana School of Law.