Since 1955, Karnopp Petersen has represented tribes, tribally owned business enterprises, individuals, and non-tribal business entities in Indian country. We have maintained a long-term general counsel relationship and have employed our knowledge and experience in special counsel, litigation, and project specific relationships.

Our collective experience in all aspects of Federal Indian Law, state law affecting tribal interests, and tribal law lays the foundation for our attorneys to confidently advise clients in navigating the complex matters that can arise in Indian country, including:

  • Tribal sovereignty
  • Protection of treaty fishing and hunting and other tribal rights, both on and off the reservation
  • Natural resource and trust asset protection
  • Tribal environmental and cultural resource laws
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Infrastructure development
  • Leasing and rights-of-way, including the HEARTH Act
  • Energy and project development and implementation
  • Timber and forest resource management
  • Reserved water rights
  • Gaming and tourism
  • Tribal economic and business development
  • Joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • The Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Tribal, federal, and state legislation
  • Contracting and compacting under the Indian Self-Determination and¬†Education Assistance Act
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment and labor relations
  • Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance