Native American Issues
Federal, state, tribal, 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
HRA submitted an expert report and provided deposition testimony in a case involving the history of land ownership and road development in the Big Arm Townsite on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
HRA assisted the attorneys who prosecuted a criminal case involving an attempted murder within the boundaries of the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota.
HRA assisted attorneys for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe by investigating the tribe’s historic uses of lands in southwestern Colorado that were ceded under an 1873 agreement with the United States.
As a part of litigation involving the taxation of business activities on Indian trust lands within the Tulalip Reservation, HRA historians researched the history of federal and tribal participation in the development of Quil Ceda Village, a tribally chartered and federally recognized municipality that formerly served as a WWII-era munitions depot and a postwar aircraft-testing area.
HRA provided research, writing, and litigation support to the Michigan Attorney General for United States v. Michigan, which involved Indians’ hunting and fishing rights in a large inland area of Michigan.
HRA prepared an expert report and provided deposition testimony for a case involving the blood quantum of a tribal member.
HRA helps clients identify companies, government agencies, and other entities that may be responsible for the cleanup of Superfund and other contaminated sites.
Expert Witness Services
HRA historians have served as expert witnesses in litigation, as well as providing research and writing support for outside experts.