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.


New Interior Guidance to Strengthen Role of Tribes in Federal Land Management

On September 13, 2022, three agencies within the Department of the Interior released new guidance intended to improve federal land stewardship by...

U.S. Senate Confirms Indian Health Service Director

On September 21, 2022, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Roselyn Tso, a member of the Navajo Nation, as the Director of the Indian Health Service...

House Hearing on Tribal Parity on Public Lands and Cultural Protection Bills

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Land...

Peltola Becomes First Alaska Native Elected to Congress

In a historic win, Mary Peltola defeated former Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a special election for Alaska’s only...