Helping Tribal Governments Protect Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Advocate for American Indian nations and Native-owned businesses


Policy Analysis and Research

Effective strategies for protecting and expanding tribal sovereignty require thorough analysis of potential policy impacts of proposed changes in legislation or regulations.  At the federal, tribal, or state level, decision makers look for high-quality analysis to assist them in making the right decision.  This analysis can take many forms, ranging from historical review of treaties and legal events, economic analysis and modeling, or policy analysis of proposed changes in federal, state, or tribal laws and regulations. 

I have served as a tenured professor of Indian law and policy, as a university tribal policy center director, and as a tribal government policy advisor with experience serving as an expert witness in litigation, preparing expert legal and historical research and analysis, and testifying before Congress.  Moreover, my experiences as an elected tribal president and former tribal attorney provide him with a unique and practical perspective in the public policy arena.  As circumstances arise, I partner with nationally recognized experts and professional service firms in support of specific client needs.

Expert Testimony

Expertise is also essential to litigation, lobbying, and other forms of direct advocacy.  Credible expert testimony helps judges, lawmakers, and administrators understand complex issues like tribal tax jurisdiction, Indian treaty legacies, and the contours of gaming compact negotiation.  The absence or weakness of experts on the tribal side of the question usually leaves deliberations vulnerable to preconceptions (or, worse, prejudice) against tribal interests. Odawi Law PLLC has a deep reservoir of experience participating as an expert in various situations, as well as the capacity to identify and vet academic expert witnesses for contested proceedings.

Economic and Public Policy Analysis

Traditional approaches for asserting tribal sovereignty have relied heavily on legal and political strategies.  Modern strategies should add economic and policy research to validate Indian legal and political claims.  Whether they are impact studies, resource valuations, tax analyses, or program evaluations, such analyses help make the case.  They can even uncover  “win-win” opportunities that unassisted legal and political strategies often miss or preclude. 

To complement its internal expertise, Odawi Law PLLC engages
national-caliber firms like the Taylor Policy Group, Inc. to prepare economic and public policy analysis in support of tribal advocacy and litigation.