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.


White House Tribal Nations Summit Delivers for Indian Country

On November 15-16, 2021, the White House held the first White House Tribal Nations Summit in five years. During the summit, the White House and...

Treasury Updates ARPA Fiscal Recovery Fund Guidance

Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the U.S. Department of the Treasury distributed $20 billion in Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) to Indian...

State Small Business Credit Initiative Provides Aid to Tribally Owned Businesses

The American Rescue Plan Act provides a $500 million set-aside for tribal governments to fund small business financing programs and provide...

Cheyenne River Youth Project Launches 2021 Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive

The Cheyenne River Youth Project has officially launched its Wo Otúhan Wi (Moon of Giving Away Presents) Toy Drive for the 2021 holiday season. Once...