Legal - Tribal & Human Resources

 

 

 

 

The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) was formed in 2003 to promote the common interests of our members - Tribally-owned corporations, Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO), and Alaska Native Corporations (ANC).

 

Kevin J. Allis is the Executive Director for Native American Contractors Association following eight years as a practicing lawyer. He spent over four years working for PilieroMazza, PLLC, a well-known government contracting law firm that specializes in serving small businesses in the 8(a) program. Prior to his time at PilieroMazza, PLLC, he practiced law at Kollman & Saucier P.A., a Maryland employment and civil practice law firm. Mr. Allis also served in law enforcement for seven years.

 

NACA promotes the benefits of using Native-owned firms with high quality products and services in the federal government marketplace and protect the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) Native 8(a) program. Guided by an elected Board of Directors, our members deliberate on issues at NACA's annual meeting and present their tribal and company perspective to reach a shared, actionable consensus. NACA monitors federal economic and business development policy and utilizes our member driven perspective to advocate successfully on their behalf.


Self Sufficiency is Key

 

NACA is working to enhance the economic self-sufficiency of America's indigenous people. NACA strives to create opportunities for Native Americans to become economically self-sufficient by enabling them to compete more effectively in the marketplace for government contracts.

 

Native Business Success Benefits Many

 

The profits earned by Native enterprises provide dividends, job training programs, scholarships, healthcare clinics, social service programs and cultural programs for their communities. They are an essential component needed to create a vibrant, healthy economy in some of the poorest regions in the country where unemployment and poverty rates are often staggering. NACA monitors federal economic and business development policy and utilizes our member driven perspective to advocate successfully on their behalf.

Kevin has experience working with Tribes throughout Indian Country and has led his tribes' efforts to expand into the government contracting arena. Mr. Allis frequently conducts workshops and supervisory training across the country for employers on various labor and employment topics such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the National Labor Relations Act. He works closely with several Native American tribes, tribal enterprises, and Native American associations on labor and employment law issues impacting Indian Country. His work in this area has included active participation in a national workgroup sponsored by several of the largest Native American associations in the country.

Mr. Allis is a tribal member of the Forest County Potawatomi Community and serves on the board of directors for the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Allis is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

1514 P Street NW - Suite 2 - Washington, DC 20005 - Phone: (202) 758-2676                    

 

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Richard G. McGee, Law Offices

Richard G. McGee is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Richard G. McGee, LLC in Plymouth, Minnesota. Mr. McGee’s practice focuses on protecting the rights of individuals, businesses and tribes.

Mr. McGee spends a significant portion of his practice representing, consulting and training gaming commissions on hearings, compliance and other regulatory issues. Mr. McGee also works with tribal employers on the full range of employment related issues.

Mr. McGee was Assistant General Counsel for the Prairie Island Indian Community. The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino, which employs more than 2,000 employees. Both the Prairie Island Indian Community and Treasure Island Resort & Casino are located in southeast Minnesota.

Before joining the Prairie Island Indian Community, Mr. McGee spent a decade litigating business and employment cases as a lawyer at Arnold, Anderson & Dove in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Those experiences were concentrated in the Midwest, and he also litigated cases on both coasts, as well as cases in southern Texas.

Richard is the author of A Guide to Trial Employment.  This is a "must have" for every Human Resources office in Indian Country.

Mr. McGee is a graduate of the Oklahoma University Law School located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Richard G. McGee
Post Office Box 47068
Plymouth, MN 55447
Phone: 763.560.8608
Fax: 763.560.0542

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steve Wheeless is a Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner based in the Phoenix office. He represents management in labor relations and employment matters. He also represents commercial clients in business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wheeless was an F-16 Instructor Pilot, a Diplomatic Exchange Officer to the Royal Danish Air Force, and a Program Manager in the Intelligence Industry.

Mr. Wheeless represents employers in all aspects of labor relations, including union avoidance planning, training, and organizing campaigns; NLRB representation hearings and unfair labor practice proceedings; labor-related RICO actions; and collective bargaining, contract interpretation, and grievance arbitrations.

Mr. Wheeless represents employers responding to employment-related charges and lawsuits. He was lead trial and appellate counsel in Tempesta v. Motorola, Inc., 21 Fed. Appx. 700 (9th Cir. 2001) (affirming the grant of summary judgment on race claims challenging the employer’s system-wide reduction-in-force policy). He was also lead trial counsel and co-counsel on appeal in Osuna v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 214 Ariz. 286 (Ct. App. 2007) (affirming denial of class certification and dismissal of wage-and-hour class claims by putative class of 50,000 current and former employees). He regularly counsels employers and appears before government investigating agencies regarding employee termination and discipline decisions, sexual harassment claims, wage and hour issues, employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and other Human Resources matters.

Mr. Wheeless also represents businesses in state and federal court at the trial and appellate level in complex commercial litigation involving contract, partnership, and financial disputes. See, e.g., State ex. rel. Goddard v. Western Union Financial Serv., 216 Ariz. 361 (Ct. App. 2007).

Steven D. Wheeless, Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Collier Center
201 East Washington Street - 16th Floor, Phoenix AZ 85004
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Swimmer Law Offices strives to achieve results that exceed expectations through our commitment to clients. We provide tools for individuals, businesses, and tribes throughout the United States to significantly increase their performance capability in order to achieve worthwhile purposes through principle-centered legal advice and representation.
 
 
INDIAN LAW

Handling all matters for tribes and those seeking to do business with Indian tribes. Our firm's Indian law practice supports tribal governments. Our Indian Law Practice is designed to support tribal governments and their attorneys in protecting tribal sovereignty, enhancing tribal self-government and promoting the welfare of tribal members. We provide a full range of legal services to Indian tribes, tribal housing authorities, tribal corporations and other Indian country entities, including advice in the areas of:

Economic Development, including advice to tribal enterprises, establishment of legal infrastructure to support tribal small businesses, due diligence of investment opportunities, formation of tribal development corporations, and establishment of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other programs for housing and small business loans to members, and state and federal government contracting under 8(a) status

Housing Law, development of new housing by leveraging NAHASDA block grants, programs to encourage home ownership and development of tribal realty codes, and land records codes and other laws to support home ownership on tribal trust lands

Environmental Law, including assistance in connection with development of tribal codes and ordinances to protect tribal natural resources, and preparation of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements

Energy Law, including for-profit energy generation opportunities, green energy development (wind, forest waste, landfill methane, etc.), financing, structuring joint ventures and other development entities, maximizing opportunities under the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act

Finance, including assistance in connection with conventional bank financing and taxable and tax-exempt bonds issued under the Indian Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act of 1982 for government facilities; health clinics; land acquisition; water, sewer, and other infrastructure; gaming facilities; and other government, public and economic improvements

Governmental Affairs, including advice in connection with state and federal legislative process; federal and state administrative agencies; and federal and state campaign finance, ethics, election and lobbying laws

Tribal Governmental Affairs, including advice on separation of powers; government structure; administrative organization and assistance in development of tribal laws that advance self-determination; improve stability and enhance sovereignty and confidential internal audits

Employment and Labor Law, including advice relating to employee contracts, discipline and other personnel matters, preparation of employment policies and handbooks, structuring of benefit programs, and strategies to address the challenge of union organization efforts in the wake of the D.C. Circuit Court's 2007 San Manuel decision

Health Law, including advice to tribal clinics on operations, professional contracting, risk management and issues arising under the Self-Determination and Indian Health Care Improvement Acts

Taxation, including advice with respect to applicability of, and compliance with, federal and state tax laws; advice on structuring ventures as tribal enterprises as well as structuring ventures with non-tribal entities to take advantage of favorable tax treatment for Indian country enterprises; and representation in disputes with state taxation authorities and advice relating to the structuring of tribal benefit programs under the 'general welfare doctrine' to avoid adverse tax consequences

Gaming Law, including IGRA compliance, certification issues, vendor contract reviews, and trademark Litigation in tribal, federal and state courts, including treaty rights matters, declaratory actions to prevent improper assertions of regulatory authority by state and local governments and other initiatives to protect tribal sovereignty

Lobbying, including advice on federal and state matters

 
John S. Swimmer, Esq
SWIMMER LAW OFFICES
500 W. Silver Spring Drive , Suite K-200
Glendale, WI 53217 
Phone:  414.380.2433
www.swimmerlaw.com
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