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 Partner Elected President of Navajo Nation Bar Association and Appointed Chair of Colorado State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP is pleased to announce the Navajo Nation Bar Association (NNBA) elected partner Alvina Earnhart as...

Supreme Court Decision Upends Decades of Federal Indian Law

On June 29, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its controversial decision in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, holding against decades of precedent that...

First Native American Appointed U.S. Treasurer

On June 21, 2022, President Biden announced that he intends to appoint Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn "Lynn" Malerba, Chief of the Mohegan...

New Community Reinvestment Act Regulations Comments Due

On June 3, 2022, the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Treasury's Office of the...