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Public Housing Authorities Law

Last updated on September 24, 2021

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot attorneys have been significantly involved in Alaska Native law issues for many years, preceding even the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). More than four decades of work with and for Alaska’s people has given us a deep understanding and respect for the traditional values that set Tribes apart as well as the economic and business imperatives of the ANCSA corporate model.

Our past and current representation of Alaska Natives and Native organizations encompass extensive work with Tribes, ANCSA village and regional corporations, regional Native housing authorities and participants under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), as well as tribal organization contractors engaged in Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a), P.L. 93-638 and compact activities.

Representation has included the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of ground leases, commercial leases, construction contracts, employment contracts, leasehold mortgages, business and asset acquisition agreements, low-income housing tax credit projects and a range of other contracts arising from those business activities. We also interface with the federal government to pursue our client’s goals under the ANCSA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), P.L. 93-638 and the NAHASDA.

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot attorneys have helped tribal housing entities design policies and procedures, developed manuals for housing staff and assisted with the development of homeownership opportunities for Alaska Natives. Our attorneys have served as issuer’s or borrower’s counsel in bond and loan financings dedicated to housing development. Our attorneys also serve as general counsel to numerous Alaska Native corporations.

The firm is pleased and privileged to have formed long-term relationships and true friendships with our Alaska Native clients.


Suzanne Cherot
Aaron Sperbeck
Kristy Garrett