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Indian Fellow Loretta Miranda Speaks at American Indian Child Resource Center

On April 10, 2017, Berkey Williams Indian Law Fellow Loretta Miranda was invited to speak to a group of Native American youth in Oakland, CA. Loretta spoke candidly to the youth about her experiences, from growing up on a reservation to graduating from law school. The group consisted of youth from the American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland (http://aicrc.org/) and Local Indians for Education, Inc. (LIFE INC.) (http://localindiansforeducation.weebly.com/) in Shasta County. The LIFE INC. youth group visits the Bay Area annually with...

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Berkey Williams Welcomes Indian Law Fellow Loretta Miranda

Berkey Williams LLP is pleased to welcome Loretta Miranda, the Firm’s 2016-2017 Indian Law Fellow. Our Indian Law Fellowship is dedicated to supporting the Indian law leaders of the future. Ms. Miranda earned her B.A. from the California State University, Northridge, and is a 2016 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. While at Lewis & Clark Law School, Ms. Miranda served as Vice-President of the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) and participated in the 2015 National NALSA moot court competition. Ms. Miranda was also a...

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Partner Scott W. Williams Appointed to Board of Directors of Klamath River Renewal Corporation

The Yurok Tribe recently designated Scott Williams to be its representative on the Board of Directors of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.  The sole mission of the Corporation is to secure the removal of the four major dams on the Klamath River.  The Corporation, a non-profit, California-chartered organization, was established by the signatories to the amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (April 2016).  The Yurok Tribe, Karuk Tribe, California, Oregon, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, PacifiCorp, and...

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Kashia Band of Pomo Indians Celebrates Return of Ancestral Land

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians celebrated with prayer, dance, and food the return to Tribal control of a piece of its ancestral lands, now known as the Kashia Coastal Reserve.  The Reserve is on the Northern California coast contiguous to Salt Point State Park.  The Tribe’s acquisition, achieved with the assistance of Scott Williams of the firm, means that the Kashia, a coastal people, now have unfettered access to the coast for the first time in nearly two centuries.

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Partner Curtis Berkey speaks at the Conference on Inter-Tribal Trade

On April 22, 2016, Managing Partner Curtis Berkey presented an analysis of the Jay Treaty of 1794 at a conference on Inter-Tribal Trade at the University of Oklahoma Law School.  The conference was organized by lawyers and scholars in the United States and Canada to explore legal and diplomatic options for encouraging free and fair trade among Indian nations across the international border.  The Jay Treaty contains special provisions regarding rights of free passage and free trade for Indian people.

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Kashia band of Pomo Indians reacquires a part of its ancestral lands

Berkey Williams LLP represented the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians in a complicated transaction to reacquire a critical part of the Tribe’s ancestral lands.  In early December 2015, the Kashia Band obtained fee title to nearly 700 acres of ancestral land on the coast of California.  The land is near the Tribe’s Stewarts Point Reservation.  It contains ancient village sites, trails, and of utmost significance, access to the bluffs, shoreline and Pacific Ocean.  Kashia Chairman Reno Franklin had said that his was a “coastal Tribe...

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Welcoming Our New Partners. Rovianne Leigh and Alexandra Page have become Partners in the firm.

Berkey Williams LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Rovianne A. Leigh and Alexandra C. Page to partner. Ms. Leigh became the firm’s first Public Interest Indian Law Fellow after graduating from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and continued with Berkey Williams LLP as an associate.  Ms. Leigh’s practice focuses on the protection of tribal environmental and cultural resources, Indian child welfare, Tribal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (Tribal TANF), tribal court development, tribal governance, litigation,...

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Onondaga Nation Files Petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Working with Onondaga Nation General Counsel Joe Heath, Berkey Williams LLP attorneys Alex Page and Curtis Berkey crafted the Nation’s petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  Go to http://www.onondaganation.org/news/2014/onondaga-nation-files-second-historic-land-rights-case/ for the full release. Click here for the news...

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Lawsuit Filed by Goshute Tribe Against the BLM

The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation Join Coalition Lawsuit Against BLM’s Authorization of Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Massive Groundwater Mining and Pipeline Project.  Tribal Press Release here.

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Victory in Goshute Case

The Goshute Tribe, represented by Scott Williams, was successful in the first stage of court proceedings challenging a proposal to withdraw and export to Las Vegas, massive amounts of groundwater from the Great Basin of Nevada/Utah, the Tribe’s ancestral lands. In a decision filed December 13, 2013, the Nevada state trial court issued a decision overturning the Nevada State Engineer’s approval of the permanent withdrawal of the groundwater from the pristine, rural valleys of the Great Basin. Evidence presented by the Tribe and its allies...

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