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.


Over 100 Tribes File Amicus Briefs in Supreme Court Case Challenging Tribal Water Rights

On Monday, March 20, 2023, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case threatening the ability of Indian tribes to protect and...

Indian Affairs Congressional Committees Organize for 118th Congress

Committees in the United States Congress, both the Senate and the House of Representatives, convened recently to hold organizational meetings,...

House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations Taking Testimony

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies announced it will take...

Native Law Group Welcomes New Associate Attorney Maurisa Bell

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP is pleased to announce Maurisa Bell as a new associate attorney in its Washington, DC office. Ms. Bell...