Tribal Law Attorneys in Fargo
Trust the Experience & Knowledge of Circling Eagle Law
To successfully navigate a legal matter in Indian Country, you need a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental differences between tribal courts and state or federal courts. At Circling Eagle Law, we are intimately familiar with Federal Indian laws, tribal sovereignty, and the ways in which state law interacts with Indian Country. Our tribal lawyers in Fargo are here to help you resolve your legal matter in the most efficient way possible.
Discuss your case with us today by calling (701) 401-7404.
How We Can Serve You
At Circling Eagle Law, we represent all types of clients, from federally recognized tribes to companies that do business with tribes. Our firm has played a role in building infrastructure and crafting new programs to help others more easily and successfully navigate the many complexities of Federal Indian law.
We are licensed to practice in many tribal courts, including:
- White Earth Tribal Court
- Red Lake Tribal Court
- Spirit Lake Tribal Court
- Turtle Mountain Tribal Court
- Three Affiliated Tribes/Fort Berthold District Court
- Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court
- Red Cliff Band Tribal Court
- Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
- Yankton Sioux Tribal Court
As skilled negotiators and litigators, our tribal lawyers in Fargo have the skill, resources, and knowledge needed to effectively resolve disputes and successfully complete transactions.
We regularly handle cases involving:
- Family law, including divorce, paternity, custody, and child support
- Elder law, including wills, power of attorney, health directives, and life estates
- Transactions and litigation for Tribal government and Tribal Business Enterprises
- Financing, including housing and mortgages, HUD housing, Tribal lending and loan servicing
- Tribal Code and Policies creation and revisions
- Inter-governmental negotiations
- Tribal economic development
Our Approach to Tribal Law
Most firms that practice tribal law offer their services on a large scale, handling cases across the country. At Circling Eagle Law, we scale back and focus on serving the communities, tribes, and businesses in our own backyard. With this more personalized approach, we are able to deliver attentive and detail-oriented representation that puts our client in control.
We recognize that representing underserved people is a privilege, and we are proud to give a voice to people who go unheard. Our tribal law attorneys in Fargo are determined to help you achieve your goals without losing sight of your rights and best interests.
Tribal Law FAQ
Tribal law is a complex area of the law that requires unique experience and knowledge to navigate. At Circling Eagle Law, we strive to educate our clients on the ins and outs of tribal law. Read our FAQ below to learn more.
What is the jurisdiction of the Tribal Court?
Generally, Tribal Courts will have civil jurisdiction over Indians and non-Indians who reside or do business within the boundaries of the Indian Reservation. They also have criminal jurisdiction over violations of Tribal Law committed by tribal members residing or doing business within the boundaries of the Indian Reservation. Every Tribe has their own Tribal Code that governs all tribal members and any non-Indians who reside or do business within the boundaries of the Indian Reservation. At Circling Eagle Law, we will help you determine whether the Tribal Court has jurisdiction over your matter, whether it be in filing for a divorce or litigating a contractual issue.
What does sovereignty mean and how does it affect tribes?
Indian tribes have sovereignty, which means they have the right to govern themselves. This inherent sovereignty protects tribes from state laws on certain levels.
What is a federally recognized tribe?
A federally recognized Tribe is a Tribal Nation that is has satisfied the criteria established by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for federal recognition and upon approval, the Tribal Nation will have established a government-to-government relationship with the United States, with responsibilities, powers, limitations, and obligations attached to such designation. Such designation grants Tribal Nation certain inherent rights of self-governance (ie. tribal sovereignty) along with federal assistances, services, and protection from the United States.
What are Indian treaty rights?
Indian treaty rights date back to the 1700s when American Indians first made contact with settlers in what is now the United States. Relations between settlers and American Indians were generally conducted through treaties, which outlined each sovereignty’s rights and served as the foundation of all contact. Indian treaties are considered “the supreme law of the land.”