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.


U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Tribal Sovereignty in Criminal Case

On June 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Denezpi v. United States affirming the conviction of a criminal defendant in a federal...

Interior Seeks Comments on Process for Recognizing Indian Tribes

In early June, the U.S. Department of the Interior held two tribal consultation sessions on its process for federal recognition of Indian tribes at...

Senate Committee Seeks Comments on Cannabis in Indian Country

On June 17, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) held a listening session on Cannabis in Indian Country to discuss tribal cannabis...

White House Releases Infrastructure Law Tribal Playbook

In May 2022, the Biden administration released the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Tribal Playbook: A Roadmap for Delivering Opportunity and...