STRICKLAND & STRICKLAND
A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION
4400 E. Broadway, Suite 700
Tucson, Arizona 85711
Phone: (520) 795-8727
Fax: (520) 795-5649
E-Mail: [email protected]
Introduction to the Firm
The Tucson law firm of Strickland & Strickland, P.C. focuses its practice in the areas of
Indian law and Indian tribal representation, as well as medical malpractice and personal injury
litigation. For almost 40 years, the Strickland law firm has been legal counsel to several Indian
tribes, representing them in all aspects of their governmental affairs, including matters pertaining
to water, legislation, business, power and energy, gaming, employment, housing, construction,
law enforcement, law and order, planning and development, environmental regulations and
compliance, information systems, and economic affairs. Strickland & Strickland has also
represented non-tribal business entities in negotiating agreements with Indian tribes.Presently, Strickland & Strickland serves as General Counsel for the Ak-Chin Indian
Community, the Tohono O’odham Utility Authority, and the Sells District of the Tohono
O’odham Nation. The Strickland firm also serves as Special Water Counsel for the Schuk Toak
District of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Strickland & Strickland has been named a Tier 1 firm in Tucson for Native American
Law in the 2013 edition of U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” and is a perennial
selection for inclusion in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys(1),
receiving the highest rating possible (“AV-Preeminent”) under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer
Review Rating System(2).
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Qualifications and Experience
(Relating to Representation of Tribal Governments, Entities and Enterprises)
Construction and Capital Projects
Employment and Human Resources
Fire and Emergency Services
Grants and Contracts
Parks and Recreation
Planning and Development
Police and Law Enforcement
Power and Utilities
Specific – Water:
As General Counsel for the Ak-Chin Indian Community (“Community”), we negotiated with federal, state and local entities, participated in drafting legislation and committee and conference reports, negotiated and drafted contracts with the U.S.Government and participated in acquiring the necessary federal funding. This settlement guaranteed the Community a permanent, annual supply of 75,000 acre feet of water, at no cost to the Community, with all delivery costs paid by the U.S. Government, together with a settlement excluding value of water, delivery and distribution of said water – a package worth approximately $50 million in cash, land development and equipment. The Act, through negotiations, was amended by P.L. 102-328 which authorized the right to lease settlement water to third parties in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima Counties. We then participated with Community officials in negotiating, drafting and engineering through the Department of Interior the first agreement for the leasing of a specified amount of Indian legislative settlement water to a private entity. This water lease required amendments to Ak-Chin’s water settlement legislation, which we helped move through Congress.
As General Counsel for the Papago Tribe of Arizona (“Tribe”), we were instrumental in the filing of litigation against approximately 1700 defendants, including the State of Arizona, the City of Tucson, major mining companies, agribusinesses and other major industries to determine the Tribe’s water rights in the Santa Cruz Water Basin. After five years of negotiations, a legislative settlement was acquired. As General Counsel, we represented the Tribe in the negotiations with the federal, state and local entities, participated in drafting legislation and committee and conference reports, negotiated, drafted and implemented contracts with the U.S. Government, and participated in acquiring the necessary federal funding.
As General Counsel for the Tohono O’odham Nation (“Nation”), we represented the Nation in the negotiations with state and federal government entities to acquire federal legislation for $30 million to be utilized for replacing lands destroyed by flooding due to construction of a dam off the Nation’s reservation, including negotiating and drafting implementation agreements with the U.S. Government.
As General Counsel for the Nation, we successfully negotiated and acquired federal legislation for the payment of $6 million, plus other benefits, for damages created by the construction of a dam on the Nation’s reservation, including negotiating and drafting implementation agreements with the U.S. Government.
Specific – Indian Gaming:
On behalf of the Ak-Chin Indian Community (“Community”), and in participation with
Community officials, we were the first to negotiate and inaugurate a gaming facility under the
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. In doing so, we participated with Community officials in
negotiating a gaming compact with the State of Arizona. We represented the Community and
worked with its officials in all negotiations with The Promus Companies, Inc., the former parent
corporation of Harrah’s Arizona Corporation, which manages the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and
Resort under a management agreement with the Community. In the process of these
negotiations, we worked with in-house counsel and officials for The Promus Companies, Inc.
and its subsidiaries to develop all contracts, agreements and other documents necessary for the
establishment of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, including, but not limited to, the
following major documents:
Our work also included drafting and securing the tribal resolutions necessary for
approving and implementing these agreements; negotiating and securing approvals, when
necessary, from the Arizona Department of Gaming; and negotiating and securing approvals,
when necessary, from the National Indian Gaming Commission. We also prepared and rendered
several legal opinions on various issues relating to these agreements and the necessary
Presently, we oversee all legal matters pertaining to the Community’s gaming enterprise,
including the Community’s Tribal Gaming Agency (the tribal authority charged with regulating
the Community’s gaming operation). Working with Community officials, we also represent the
Community regarding gaming-related issues presented to and addressed by the Arizona Indian
Specific – Mining:
Specific – Power and Utilities:
Power Pool Agreements
Agreements for Transfer of Ownership of Electric Transmission and
Agreements and Documents governing Use Rights and Capital Participation in Electric Transmission Facilities
Specific – Tribal Constitutions and Laws: