"We help tribal governments, their businesses and those that do business with tribes solve complex legal problems with alacrity and efficiency to accomplish our clients' goals."

Mike McBride III
 Indian Law & Gaming Chair

Indian Law & Gaming

The Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group provides strategic legal advice from the broad collective experience of attorneys throughout our firm. We represent not only Indian tribal governments and Alaskan native entities on matters relating to sovereignty, economic development and governmental objectives, but also tribal corporations and affiliated entities, and the nontribal clients who work with them.

We provide counsel regarding the complex matters of federal Indian law and the interrelationship with state and tribal laws. The firm works closely with tribal leadership and tribal attorneys, as well as others doing business with tribes, to provide advice to form the foundation for well-reasoned policy and strategic decisions as well as the implementation of these strategies to meet our clients' objectives.

We have significant experience providing legal advice and counsel in a broad range of areas impacted in whole or in part by Indian law including:

  • Tribal sovereignty and tribal jurisdiction, including governmental infrastructure and tribal courts
  • Gaming development, regulation and compacts
  • State compact issues, cooperative agreements, including cigarette and tobacco tax matters relating to sales in Indian country and matters of mutual governmental interest including law enforcement, prisons, roads and healthcare
  • Economic development and strategic planning issues
  • Corporate, resort, casino and hospitality management
  • Construction law, financing, leasing and related commercial development
  • Labor and employment issues regarding management responses to union organization efforts, equal employment and tribal employment preference issues
  • Finance and access to venture capital markets
  • Banking and corporate
  • Management and collateral agreements, development agreements
  • Taxation – tribal/state/federal issues
  • Real estate transactions, zoning and land use issues
  • Land selection and acquisition for Indian gaming and other tribal purposes
  • Natural resource, water & mineral development
  • Environmental issues
  • Sacred sites, historical and cultural resources
  • Federal recognition of tribes, appropriations, contracts and federal advocacy
  • Code of laws and tribal regulations/policies and constitutional issues
  • Elections and political law
  • Health law, including the Indian Health Service and healthcare entities and providers who work with or contract with tribes
  • Trial and appellate litigation in tribal, federal and state courts
  • Products liability
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Administrative and regulatory representation before tribal gaming commissions, National Indian Gaming Commission, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, state gaming agencies, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, and the Interior Board of Indian Appeals

Client Comments*

"The Eastern Shawnee Tribe has always been pleased with the results delivered by Crowe & Dunlevy. Our principal contact is Mike McBride. He always makes himself available or offers a message indicating who to reach if he is unavailable. He completes his work in a timely, professional manner. If he is not the appropriate authority on a topic, he connects us to someone in the firm who is the authority. We have never been disappointed and recommend the entire firm highly." - Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

"Crowe & Dunlevy is also said to be 'preeminent in Indian law and gaming. This is a pillar of that firm. In this capacity, a client vouches, "Their primary strength was their ability to move swiftly regarding any legal action facing our tribe and how they were successful in defending our inherent sovereign rights." - 2017 Benchmark Litigation Guidebook**

Media Mentions

Jennifer Lamirand - "Legalizing sports betting: What it could mean for Oklahoma," The Oklahoman (May 2018)

Jennifer Lamirand - "Is Sports-Betting ‘Integrity Fee’ A Tax Or Royalty Or Does It Matter?" Gambling Compliance (April 2018)

Mike McBride III - "Tribes Meet In San Diego As Trump Mulls Indian Affairs Chief," Gambling Compliance (April 2018) 

Mike McBride III - "Gaming Decision," Oklahoma Gazette (April 2016)  

Mike McBride III - "A federal appeals court has struck part of an Oklahoma law governing gaming compacts with tribes," The Oklahoman (February 2018)  

Mike McBride III - "Atty. Mike McBride on How the Tribes Interact with the State," Radio interview--Pat Campbell Show--KFAQ Radio 1170 and Podcast (February 2018)  

Mike McBride III - "Legal Counsel: Government leadership roles over Indian gaming remained unfilled," The Oklahoman (February 2018)  

Mike McBride III - "Library Hosts Lecture on Book set in Osage County," KOTV Ch. 6 (October 2017)  

Mike McBride III - "Attorney on 'Killers of the Flower Moon': Wounds still felt today among Osage Nation," Tulsa Business and Legal News (October 2017)  

Mike McBride Webinar on David Grann's best-seller: "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI" (2018)  

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Wins a Landmark Judgment Against Oklahoma in Gaming Compact Sales Tax, Alcohol Dispute- Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and chair of the firm's Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group Mike McBride III discusses a recent landmark win for Citizen Potawatomi Nation against Oklahoma in a gaming compact sales tax and alcohol dispute - October 1, 2016

Now is the Time for Employers to Analyze All Positions Classified as Exempt Under the FLSA- The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not specifically exclude tribes from its coverage, explains Labor & Employment attorney Mary P. Snyder in an article for Indian Gaming Magazine - June 1, 2016

Potawatomi returns to Oklahoma for Position with Prestigious Indian Law Firm- Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Jennifer N. Lamirand discusses her role at the firm - March 8, 2016

Crowe & Dunlevy attorney elected officer of the International Masters of Gaming Law- Attorney Mike McBride III was recently named second executive vice president for the International Masters of Gaming Law - February 23, 2016

Crowe & Dunlevy enhances Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group- Attorneys Christina M. Vaughn and Jennifer N. Lamirand join the firm in Tulsa and Oklahoma City - January 12, 2016

Q&A with Jennifer N. Lamirand- In The Oklahoman, Jennifer N. Lamirand explains the repercussions of a recent lawsuit filed in New York and its affect on the future of fantasy sports in other states - December 25, 2015

Indian Wars- Mike McBride III discusses strains between American Indian tribes and the state in an article for Global Gaming Business Magazine - November 23, 2015

Legal Counsel: Huge Numbers are Expected in Report on Tribal Gaming- Attorney Christina M. Vaughn discusses the final report from the first statewide study on the economic impact of tribal gaming in Oklahoma - November 15, 2015

Unallotted Timber Lands Case Causes a Stir in Indian Country- Mike McBride III and Stacy A. Schauvliege discuss a recent opinion in Chickasaw Nation v. U.S. Department of the Interior regarding the federal government's sale of unallotted tribal lands containing timber - August 21, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Poses Questions for Tribal Courts- Mike McBride III discusses challenges to same-sex marriage restrictions in tribal governments - August 5, 2015

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Hopes to Avoid Battle with State over HEARTH Act- Attorneys Erin Potter Sullenger and Mike McBride III spoke to an audience about tribal sovereignty at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association conference - July 29, 2015

Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Receives State Service Award- Mike McBride III is honored with the Mary Townsend Crowe Service Award from the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women - July 7, 2015

Legal Counsel: Legal Pot Could be Coming to Oklahoma- Article written by Gerald Jackson for The Oklahoman - April 2015

Crowe & Dunlevy Re-Elected as Comanches' Legal Counsel - Article in The Lawton Constitution - April 2015

Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Re-Elected as International Masters of Gaming Law Treasurer- February 2015

Native American Update- The Verdict interview with Mike McBride III - July 2014

Tribal Sovereignty and Federal Law- Leadership Oklahoma lecture by Mike McBride III at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah - March 2014

Comanche Nation Wins Tobacco Dispute- Article in The Comanche Nation News - December 2013

Pawnee Fights for Native Rights - Article in Oklahoma Native Times - February 2011

Why Should You Care About Internet Gaming? - Article by Mike McBride III published in the December 2011 issue of Indian Gaming Magazine

Contact Crowe & Dunlevy for more information on Indian law and gaming.

*Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its merits.

**Crowe & Dunlevy provides no input for Benchmark Litigation methodology. View information about the selection process online.

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