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Our attorneys assisted an intertribal effort in California to secure state legislation repudiating the use of the “existing Indian family doctrine,” a doctrine used to avoid application of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Cultural Preservation

  • Provide counsel to tribes on the right to preserve, manage and have access to places where cultural resources are located, including places that have religious significance.
  • Assist tribes on methods to protect and preserve their cultural values and sacred sites.
  • Provide counsel on federal statutes, including:
    • National Historic Preservation Act
    • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
    • Archaeological Resources Protection Act
    • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Provide advice on developing Tribal Historic Preservation Officer programs, including drafting tribal laws and helping tribal agencies carry out rulemaking processes to implement tribal laws.
  • Negotiate multi-party, multi-state programmatic agreements for historic preservation.


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