Native American Issues
Federal, state, and private attorneys rely on HRA to help them understand the deep historical roots of present-day legal issues involving American Indian tribes. We provide archival research, document management, report preparation, and expert witness testimony.
HRA assists attorneys with discovery, interrogatories, preparation of briefs, reviewing opposing expert witness reports, and trial preparation. We also help attorneys find and work with historical experts outside of HRA.
HRA’s expertise includes:
- Treaty rights
- Reservation boundaries
- Jurisdictional issues
- Water rights
- Federal trustee responsibilities
- Federal recognition
U.S v. Michigan Indians fishing in the rapids at Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, circa 1900. HRA assisted a variety of expert witnesses in a case involving Indians’ hunting and fishing rights under an 1836 treaty. HRA provided research, writing, and litigation support...
Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Off-Reservation Use Rights Southern Ute Indians and others following the signing of the 1873 Brunot Treaty. HRA provides historical research and expert witness testimony connected with the meaning of treaty provisions, such as those...
Hoopa Valley Project Fish weir across the Trinity River in California. HRA prepared legislative histories of the creation and administration of the Hoopa Valley Reservation to address takings claims stemming from the Hoopa-Yurok Settlement Act of 1988. HRA provided...
Expert Witness Services
HRA historians have served as expert witnesses in litigation, as well as providing research and writing support for outside experts.
Water Rights and Adjudications
HRA provides historical research and writing for water rights litigation and adjudications throughout the West. We help clients determine priority dates and understand complex…