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.


Native Law Group Welcomes New Attorney and Law Clerk to Colorado Office

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Robert Lawrence to its Colorado team. With offices in...

Senate Passes $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill and $3.5 Trillion Budget Reconciliation

On August 1, 2021, ahead of recess, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill known as the Infrastructure Investment and...

Upcoming Reporting Deadline for Covid-19 Fiscal Recovery Funds and Treasury User Guides

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Senate Confirms Bryan Scott Newland as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

On Saturday, August 7, the U.S. Senate confirmed Bryan Todd Newland to be the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the...