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Native American and Tribal Law

Last updated on September 24, 2021

The Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot lawyers in Washington, D.C., and Alaska have diverse and robust practices in support of the many legal challenges and opportunities that face Native American governments and organizations, including Indian Tribes, tribal entities, Alaska Native corporations, and the businesses owned by them, as well as the many different forms of nonprofits organizations and advocacy groups. Our firm provides legal and public policy services to Tribes regarding business and governmental interests, such as the exercise of tribal sovereignty, corporate governance of tribal businesses, nonprofit governance, and advocacy of Native American interests in Washington, D.C.

The firm represents many large and small Native American Tribes and Alaska Native organizations in litigation, administrative disputes with agencies and business transactions. Our Washington office is highly skilled and extensively experienced in representing, advocating and lobbying on behalf of ANCs and Tribes on diverse matters such as appropriations, school funding, broadband development, land exchanges, Settlement Trusts, ANC and tribal preferences in federal procurement, and Indian incentive programs.

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot has proven its mettle in more than 45 years of advocacy on behalf of and fighting for our Indigenous people. We have also represented tribally-owned businesses from their inception, helped manage legal challenges as the business grows and industries change, and counseled clients regarding complex business transactions resulting from their success and growth.

BHBC also has strong litigation resources to assist Tribes regarding business transactions, contractual matters, government contracts, employment law, and other matters. We also assist tribal clients with defending rights and policy interests of Native Americans in the highest U.S. courts. Attorneys in the firm were the key litigators representing ANCs in cases that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which sought to limit federal procurement preferences enjoyed by Tribes and the ANCs. Our firm has a long history of litigating and supporting Alaska Native and Native American issues in virtually every level of the federal court system and in many state courts.


William H. Bittner
Jon M. DeVore
Carissa Siebeneck Anderson