Indian Law

BKBH represents tribes, tribal entities, tribal businesses and individual tribal members in a wide range of Indian law-related issues in various tribal, state and federal jurisdictions across the Northwest. We have extensive experience assisting tribes and tribal entities in navigating the often complex issues related to Indian Law and tribal government. Currently, we have two attorneys whose primary focus is Indian Law and tribal court practice and are licensed in twelve tribal jurisdictions across the Northwest, including six tribal jurisdictions within Montana. Mr. Rausch and Mr. Thompson have over thirty years of combined litigation experience to assist you. They are also co-authors of the article Tribal Sovereign Immunity, Its Origins and Development published in the March, 2020 edition of “For the Defense”, which is a DRI publication.

BKBH attorneys practicing in Indian country are primarily engaged in insurance defense litigation before tribal courts and tribal appellate courts involving personal injury and employment related matters. In this regard, we represent tribes and tribal entities who have been sued. We have had successes in both tribal court, tribal appellate courts, and in federal courts representing tribes. We have a detailed understanding of tribal sovereign immunity and how to assert it as a defense in claims against the Tribe. We are also well-versed in tribal jurisdictional issues.

Additionally, we also provide general advisory work for tribes and tribal entities and have experience with tribal employment, Indian water law, gaming, mineral rights, leases, TERO, land transfers, general consulting, general litigation, estate planning, and lobbying on behalf of tribal interests. BKBH’s capabilities in Indian law, coupled with BKBH’s other civil law practice areas and general experience, make us well-equipped to handle any Indian law civil issues that may arise.

We would like to contact you at your convenience to discuss how our capabilities can assist you with your present and future legal needs.