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Publications

Legal Challenges Regarding Native Land Ownership

On July 9, 2013, Partner Curtis Berkey presented a webinar lecture as part of the continuing legal education series on the Native Land Law program sponsored by the Indian Land Tenure Foundation. Mr. Berkey discussed the aboriginal title doctrine, constitutional protection for Indian land rights and the availability of legal remedies for violations of Indian land rights. His paper, “Legal Challenges Regarding Native Land Ownership,” may be accessed...

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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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Native Land Law: General Principles of Law Relating to Native Lands and Natural Resources

Firm attorneys Curtis Berkey and Alexendra Page contributed several chapters to a new book just published on the need for fundamental reform of federal Indian law. The book is entitled Native Land Law: General Principles of Law Relating to Native Lands and Natural Resources (2012 Lawyers Edition). It is published by West. The book proposes a fair and workable set of principles that will protect Indian land, governments and communities.

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A River Runs Through It — Old adversaries agree to remove dams in the Klamath River basin hoping to save farms, fish, and tribal culture

In its May, 2009, cover story, California Lawyer Magazine analyzes in some depth the water crisis of the Klamath Basin (“A River Runs Through It — Old adversaries agree to remove dams in the Klamath River basin hoping to save farms, fish, and tribal culture”). The article shines a spotlight on the role of the Yurok Tribe, the firm’s client, leading the negotiations. Scott Williams, a partner, is lead counsel to the Tribe in these talks. If successful, as we expect it will be, these talks will result in the largest dam...

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The D.C. Circuit’s decision to apply the National Labor Relations Act to Indian tribal enterprise: San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino v. National Labor Relations Board.

Partner Scott Williams and Of Counsel David House co-authored an expert commentary entitled “The D.C. Circuit’s decision to apply the National Labor Relations Act to Indian tribal enterprise: San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino v. National Labor Relations Board.” The article analyzes and discusses the San Manuel decision, and it offers practical tips relating to case law concerning the potential application of the National Labor Relations Act to Indian tribal enterprises. This article is published on LexisNexis© and is available on that...

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Resolve the Indian Trust Litigation

- San Francisco Chronicle on February 17, 2009 Partner Curtis Berkey and Phillip P. Frickey, the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, co-authored an article entitled “Resolve the Indian Trust Litigation” which was published in the Opinion/Editorials section of the San Francisco Chronicle on February 17, 2009. The article focuses on the problems with the ongoing litigation involving the collection, holding and disbursement of federal funds to Native Americans by the federal government and possible...

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