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Date: August 28, 2013
GSB Press Release

Seattle, WA, August 28th, 2013 -  Lael Echo-Hawk of Garvey Schubert Barer launched an Indian Law blog,, that focuses on relevant information on current opportunities and hurdles facing the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities,  The blog will cover topics like economic development, policy changes, legislation, regulations, gaming, renewable energy, strategic planning, tribal government and tribal courts.

A member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Echo-Hawk came to Garvey Schubert Barer after serving as in-house counsel to a Tribe, legislative director for a tribal economic development trade association and as Counselor to the Chair of National Indian Gaming Commission.  She now Chairs the firm’s Indian Law Group and is joined by fellow experienced GSB tribal attorneys as authors in this new blog.  They include: Harold “Buzz” Bailey, Julia Holden-Davis, John Knab, Anne Preston, Carrie Richter, Gregg Rodgers, Sara Sandford, and Scott Warner.

“We designed Smoke Signals to be a modern day method of bringing news and information to tribes and other interested parties.” explains Echo-Hawk.  “If we can provide a service that is both helpful and informative, then we’ve done a good job.”

Garvey Schubert Barer has a long history in Indian Country.  The firm first began representing tribes in 1971 where the legal work focused primarily on treaty rights and relations between tribes and the Federal Government.  Today, as Tribes, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians expand their governments and diversify their economies, we provide representation and advice designed to assist those clients with their unique challenges and opportunities.  The firm’s Indian Law Group prides itself on being truly a “one-stop shop” for Tribes looking for quality expertise by a firm who understands and respects tribal sovereignty and the rights of the First People.

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