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I am an in-house attorney for the Office of Legal Counsel for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation where I provide representation to the Board of Trustees, Tribal departments, and various programs with emphasis on law and order issues, government contracts (tribal, federal, state, and local), federal indian law, environmental and federal land law, cultural resource protection, water law, real property, land use, legislative drafting and review (tribal, state, and federal), and litigation. I have also been appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney Office for the District of Oregon to handle Indian law related matters.


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  1. Native Peoples Law: 100%



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Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Office of Legal Counsel
46411 Timine Way
Pendleton, OR, 97801-0638


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Graduate in PhilosophyWestern Washington University1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney for The Office of Legal Counsel and SAUSA in OregonConfederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation2011 - Present
Deputy Attorney General for The Department of JusticeThe Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation2006 - 2011
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Walla Walla2003 - 2006
N/AGeneral Private Practice w/ Walla Walla City Prosecutor contract2002 - 2003
Lead Prosecutor/SAUSAWhite Mountain Apache Tribe2000 - 2002
Lead Public Defender and Program ManagerConfederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tribal Issues Advisory Group, United States Sentencing CommissionMember2015 - Present
VAWA Inter-Tribal Working GroupMember2013 - Present
United States Attorney General Violence Against Women Federal and Tribal Prosecution Task ForceMember2011 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarN/A2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonN/A2008 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A2007 - Present
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsN/A2007 - Present
United States District Court for the District of OregonN/A2007 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonN/A2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Oregon State Bar, Indian Law SectionPast Chairman2013 - 2013
Oregon State Bar Indian Law SectionChairperson2012 - 2012
Oregon State Bar, Indian Law SectionChair Elect2011 - 2011
Federal Bar Association, Indian law SectionMember, Development of Federal Indian Law Committee2010 - 2012
Oregon State Bar, Indian Law SectionSecretary2010 - 2010
Adam Walsh Act Working GroupMember2009 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Washington v. Lester Ray JimThe Maryhill site is an established Indian reservation, 173 w.2d 672 (motion for reconsideration denied, June 8, 2012).
State of Oregon v. Thomas Everett KurtzSupreme Court Ruling in favor of tribes, 350 Or. 65, 249 P.3d 1271
United States v. Navajo NationReversed and remanded.
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Indian Law Journal (Trial Issue - March 20, 2012)The Public Nature of Indian Reservation Roads2012
Gonzaga Law Review (47 Goz. L. Rev. 663)Returning Washington PL 280 Jurisdiction to its Original Consent-Based Grounds2012
Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice (28 HVJREJ 117)Closing a Gap in Indian Country Justice: Oliphant, Lara, and DOJ's Proposed Fix2012
Sex Offender Law ReportThe Adam Walsh Act and Tribes: One Lawyer's Perspective2011
Washington State Bar Indian Law NewsletterState of Washington v. Lester Ray Jim Amici Brief2011
Laws of the State of OregonOregon SB 4122011
Amici Brief of TribesState of Oregon v. Thomas Everet Kurtz2010
Department of JusticeModel Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code2009
American Indian Law Review (33 Am. Indian L. Rev. 457 )There Are No Implied Easements Over Trust Lands2009
American Bar Association (Book)Tribal Contracting: Understanding and Drafting Business Contracts with American Indian Tribes2009
Senate Hearing 110-576A Comparison of State Low Level Felony Sentencing Authority2008
Testimony Before U.S. Senate Committee on Indian AffairsCongressional Testimony2008
National Congress of the American Indian ResolutionsResolution to Amend the Adam Walsh Act2008
OSB Indian Law NewsletterCommonly Incorporated Federal Procurement Contract Clauses and What They Mean2007
Oregon State Bar CLE publicationChild Support Enforcement (Indian Law 2006: Solutions for the Generations)2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Western Washington UniversityAnalytic PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tribal Implementation of the Violence Against Women ActImplementing TLOA and VAWA2015
CVSD Oregon MeetingCriminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country2015
40th Annual Indian Law ConferenceImplementing TLOA and VAWA at CTUIR2015
Washington Tribal Prosecutors ConferenceImplementing TLOA and VAWA 20132014
Walla Walla Violence Prevention Conference 2014Indian country Criminal Jurisdiction and DV2014
UW BothellCriminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country2014
Tribal Advocacy TrainingVAWA 2013 Implementation2014
TLOA: Preparing for Long-Term Incarceration of Tribal InmatesLogistical Considerations For Long-Term Incarceration2014
ATNI Mid Year Conferece 2014Implementing VAWA 2013 at CTUIR2014
4th Intertribal Working GroupCode Development under VAWA 20132014
4th Intertribal Working GroupComplaint Drafting and VAWA 20132014
3rd Intertribal Working Group MeetingImplementing VAWA 2013 at CTUIR2014
27th Annual Indian Law SymposiumImplementing TLOA and VAWA 20132014
2014 Tribal Court Conference Tribal Law and Order Act Enhanced Sentencing Prosecuting DUI Offenders in Tribal CourtImplementing the Tribal Law and Order Act Felony Sentencing Provisions2014
14th National Indian Nations ConferenceVAWA 2013 Update2014
Washington Crime Victim Advocates TrainingCriminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country2013
Tribal/State/Federal SummitVAWA 2013 and TLOA 20102013
Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 Enhanced Sentencing webinarTribal Law and Order Act of 2010 Enahnced Sentencing2013
Tribal Advocacy TrainingGeneral Advocacy Training2013
NCAI & the Tribal Law and Policy Institute Webinar: Implementing VAWA's Expanded Jurisdiction in Our Tribal CourtsImplementing VAWA's Expanded Jurisdiction2013
Native American Issues Subcommittee Meeting, USDOJTLOA, VAWA 2013, and the ITWG2013
National NALSA Moot Court Competition CLEWhat is an Indian Reservation?2013
Intertribal Working Group Pre-Meeting for the VAWA 2013 Implementation (NCAI)Implementing VAWA 2013's Expanded Jurisdiction2013
Intertribal Technical Assistance Working Group (1st in-person meeting)Habeas Corpus Issues and VAWA 20132013
Intertribal Technical Assistance Working Group (1st in-person meeting)Tribal Code Development and VAWA 20132013
2nd Intertribal Working GroupHabeas Response re VAWA 20132013
Tribal/State/Local Intergovernmental Coordination ND Pilot TrainingImplementing Felony Sentencing Under TLOA2012
NCAI 2012 mid-year sessionModerator: Public Safety in Indian Country: TLOA Implementation and the VAWA Reauthorization2012
26th Annual Coming Together of Peoples ConferenceTLOA and VAWA Reauthorization: Implementing Felony Sentencing and Considering a Limited Oliphant Fix2012
13th National Indian Nations ConferenceTLOA Enhanced Tribal Sentencing Authority2012
Tribal, State, Federal Summit: Collaborating Across Jurisdictions Addressing Family ViolenceTribal Law and Order Act; Collaboration Accross Jurisdiction Panel2011
Tribal Jurisdiction Joint State Legislative WorkgroupPost-Retrocession Jurisdiction2011
Indian Law and Order Commission First Field HearingIndian Law Expert Panel2011
8th Annual Indigenous Law Conference: Beyond the Tribal Law and Order ActThe Tribal Law and Order Act and Beyond: Implementing TLOA felony sentencing and DOJ's proposed Oliphant fix2011
Protecting Our Family, Conference and SymposiumSORNA: Helping Tribes Achieve Compliance2010
ATNI 2010 ConferenceTribal Law and Order Act Panel2010
San Diego, California A National Conference on Public Law 280 and Violence against Native American WomenThe Adam Walsh Act: Helping Tribes Achieve Compliance2009
2009 National Symposium on Sex Offender Mangement and AccountabilityThe Development of a SORNA Compliant Policies and Procedures Manual2009
2009 National Symposium on Sex Offender Mangement and AccountabilityTribal Sex Offender Registry Code Development2009
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian AffairsU.S. Senate Testimony on the 2008 Indian Law and Order Act and Federal Declinations2008
Tribal, State, Federal Meeting: Collaboration Across Jurisdictions, Addressing Family Violence and SORNATribal Law and Order Act of 2008 and The Adam Walsh Act: A Tribal Attorney's Perspective2008
Adam Walsh Act Workgroup at 65th Annual National Congress of the American IndianPresentation of a Model SORNA compliant Code and Policies and Procedures Manual2008
2008 Oregon Tribes CaucusThe Adam Walsh Act: An Update2008
15th Annual ATNI Transportation SymposiumThe Public Nature of Indian Reservation Roads2008
11th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of CrimeA Model Tribal Sex Offender Registry Code and Policies and Procedures Manual2008
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians 54th Annual ConferenceResolution request and Transportation Committee presentation on implied easements over Indian trust lands2007
OSB CLE Indian Law 2006: Solutions for the GenerationsTribal Courts - Child Support Enforcement2006
Tribal Implementation of the Violence Against Women ActImplementing TLOA and VAWAN/A