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 Recognized as “Best Law Firms” Two Years in a Row

For the second year in a row, Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP earned a top-tier ranking in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Law...

Supreme Court to Hear Case Threatening Winters Indian Water Rights Doctrine

Contributors: Frances C. Bassett, Partner Barry Bartel, Partner The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case that could threaten...

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case Challenging ICWA

On November 9, 2022, the United States Supreme Court heard a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in the Haaland v. Brackeen case. The...

Interior Announces Improved 477 Program

By Donald Walton, Associate Attorney On October 7, 2022, the Department of the Interior and other federal departments announced a new Memorandum of...