Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP is a majority native-owned law firm. As tribal advocates, there could be no greater honor or privilege than having the opportunity to directly serve tribes in promoting economic development, addressing pressing infrastructure issues, protecting tribal water rights, and advancing the sovereignty and jurisdiction of tribal nations.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP is dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes, tribal entities, and individual Indians across the United States. Our mission is to provide superior legal services specifically tailored to meet the needs of our clients — while also honoring the sovereignty, self-sufficiency, and self-governance of those clients. 


We serve as General Counsel and Special Counsel to Indian tribal governments and their enterprises to implement their laws, regulations, policies and priorities for their tribes and members. We work as true partners with every level of tribal governments and their staff to effectuate a plan for the delivery of legal services that is appropriate to meet the challenges and demands of the client.

We also work to prevent attacks on tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction, and ensure that the Federal government upholds its treaty and trust responsibilities to Indian tribes. We resolve issues on the local level, in collaboration with national tribal organizations and through advocacy with law makers in Washington, D.C.


Supreme Court to Hear Case Attacking McGirt Decision

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta. The case threatens to limit the effect of the landmark decision...

Bipartisan COVID Supplemental Bill Threatens Tribal Relief Funds

U.S. Senators returned to Washington, D.C. on April 25, and resumed consideration of a proposed COVID-19 Supplemental Appropriations Bill. The bill...

Interior Announces Consultation on Fee-to-Trust and Gaming Compact Regulation Revisions

The Department of the Interior will host consultations to solicit input from Tribes on proposed revisions to the regulations governing Fee-to-Trust...

White House Releases FY 2023 Budget Proposal

On March 29, President Biden released his budget proposal for FY 2023. According to the White House, the proposed funding for Tribal programs and...