Armed with deep connections in the House and the Senate, and knowledge of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice, and a passion for pushing through roadblocks, we secured restitution for our client, a federally recognized tribe.
Over the course of nearly two decades, a federally recognized tribe sought payment for the federal government’s mismanagement of tribal assets, but continually hit roadblocks. Mindset engaged the tribe and its legal counsel and helped them navigate the procedural maze by providing them an audience with key administration decision-makers, and leveraging strong connections with their federal delegation in both the House and the Senate.
This case had been stagnant for more than two decades—through three presidential administrations with three Interior Secretaries and four Attorneys General—meaning we effectively had to build momentum for our client from scratch.
We took the time to learn the tribe’s history and the roadblocks they faced at both federal agencies. Through this process, we provided the federal delegation members in the House and the Senate the tools they needed to work with both federal agencies involved and reach a swift settlement for the tribe.
We are so proud to have been part of this effort. No group of people who have petitioned their government should have to wait two decades for relief. Our team sprung into action to help rectify this, and provide the strategic guidance and support to get all tribe members paid in record time.
Rick Dearborn, Partner
Ultimately, our team helped secure a $59 million settlement, providing the tribe essential funds and the restitution they sought.