Case Conclusion Date: January 1, 2004
Practice Area: Native Peoples Law
Outcome: $4.25 Million Settlement Awarded to Lummi Indian Nation
Description: I represented the Lummi Indian Nation in a lawsuit against an engineering firm that had uncovered human skeleton’s in a construction site. The crew had found human remains at a known burial ground for the tribe but had not alerted the tribe and the government, as required. After I became involved in the case, I was able to negotiate a settlement that ensured that the ancestral remains were returned. The $4.25 million settlement was shared by more than 1,230 tribal members. With the help of these recovery funds, this once-sacred ground is gradually returning to a pristine condition.