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Berkey Williams Welcomes Indian Law Fellows Erica McMilin and Rori Collins

Berkey Williams LLP is pleased to welcome Erica McMilin and Rori Collins, the Firm’s 2017-2018 Indian Law Fellows. Our Indian Law Fellowship is dedicated to supporting the Indian law leaders of the future. Erica McMilin Erica McMilin joined Berkey Williams LLP as one of the Firm’s 2017-2018 Indian Law Fellows. She is a descendent of the Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians and Round Valley Indian Tribes. Her interest in the intersection between the law and Native American rights stems from her childhood growing up on the reservation...

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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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National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) article regarding Berkey Williams Associate Rovianne Leigh

As an undergraduate, Rovianne Leigh discovered a passion for Indian law. “I became interested in Indian law as a vehicle for social change,” Leigh said. Since graduating in 2005 from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Leigh has served tribal clients in a variety of areas, such as environmental and cultural resources protection, health, employment, Indian child welfare, and TANF. She has drafted tribal children’s law and order codes, and successfully negotiated one of the first memoranda of understanding...

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