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Indian & Tribal Law

Wisconsin is home to eleven federally recognized Indian tribes including: The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Forest County Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk Nation, Lac Court Oreilles of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Indian Tribe, Oneida Tribe of Indians, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St. Croix Chippewa Indians, Sokaogan Mole Lake Community and Stockbridge Munsee Community.

Indian tribes are governed by federal law and have a long history of tribal sovereignty. Tribes have developed tribal courts which have jurisdiction over internal tribal affairs and members within the reservation boundaries, whether residing on trust or fee land. Tribes also have authority over members who reside off reservation and limited criminal jurisdiction over tribal members and Indians residing within the reservation. Tribal Gaming Compacts also address the relationship between the state and Indian tribes in connection with gaming operations.

Understanding and interpreting state law as compared with federal and tribal law require an understanding of a number of competing considerations including jurisdictional issues and tribal sovereignty. Further, knowledge and experience in practicing in tribal courts, including being licensed in such forums, is necessary to seek remedies for clients involved in disputes in these areas.

One Law Group, S.C. recognizes that each tribe is unique in its organization and structure despite the commonality that exists with regard to tribes in general. Through providing successful representation of municipalities and individuals, dealing with Indian and tribal issues has become a valuable component of the firm’s services.

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