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 In 1997, Hobbs Straus lawyers assisted the Susanville Indian Rancheria become one of the first tribes in the country to use the provisions of ISDEAA to successfully acquire Department of Army surplus property in trust under the Base Realignment and Closure 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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