The Fletcher Team

The Fletcher Team

 

Zeke Fletcher

Zeke Fletcher is a citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in Peshawbestown Michigan. Zeke is well-versed in many areas of Indian law, and advises tribes and tribal entities regarding governmental matters, gaming, housing, fee-to-trust, tax, economic development and diversification, and inter-governmental agreements. Mr. Fletcher represents tribes and other tribal entities in all forums, such as federal, state, and tribal court in litigation and in administrative proceedings. He has presented at several Indian law conferences and has written law review articles on various topics of federal Indian law including “De Facto Judicial Preemption of Tribal Labor and Employment Laws,” 2008 Mich. St. L. Rev. 435, “Negotiating Meaningful Concessions from States in Gaming Compacts to Further Tribal Economic Development: Satisfying the Economic Benefits Test, 54 South Dakota Law Review 419 (2009); and published “Indian Gaming and Tribal Self- Determination: Reconsidering the 1993 Tribal-State Gaming Compacts” in the Michigan Bar Journal, 89 Mich. B.J. Feb. 2010.

Prior to founding Fletcher, PLLC, Zeke worked as an in-house attorney for the Grand Traverse Band, for a large well-known Michigan law firm based out of Detroit, Michigan, and operated the Michigan office for a well respected Indian law firm based out of Chandler, Arizona.

Education

University of Wisconsin - Madison
J.D. (2006)

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
B.A. in Political Science (2003)

Admitted to Practice

State Courts

State of Michigan
State of Wisconsin

Tribal Courts

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma
Nottawaseppi Band of the Huron Potawatomi

Federal Courts

Western District of Michigan
Eastern District of Michigan
Western District of Wisconsin
Eastern District of Wisconsin

 

Bryan Newland

Bryan Newland is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community (Ojibwe) in northern Michigan. He represents tribal clients on issues including the regulation of gaming facilities, negotiation of tribal-state gaming compacts, the fee-to-trust process, and leasing of Indian lands.

In 2008, Bryan served as the Michigan Native Vote Coordinator for Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign, and was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Counselor and then Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs. In that capacity, he helped develop the Obama Administration’s policies on Indian gaming and Indian lands, reforming the Department of the Interior’s policy on reviewing tribal-state gaming compacts. He also led a team that reformed the BIA’s Indian leasing regulations and worked with key officials to help enact the HEARTH Act of 2012.

Prior to federal service, Bryan worked in private practice representing tribes and commercial gaming companies on gaming matters arising under both state and federal law. He worked with tribal colleges on unique intergovernmental issues, including chartering public schools under state law.

In addition to working on Indian and commercial gaming issues, Bryan has also worked with public officials, political candidates, and ballot initiative organizations on campaign finance and election law compliance. Prior to law school, he worked with tribes, ballot initiative organizations, and private companies to provide political and public relations consulting services.

Bryan has served as a featured speaker at a number of events, and has published an article addressing tribal-state gaming compacts and revenue sharing. He is a regular contributor to the TurtleTalk Indian Law Blog, and was the author of the regular column "On My Fishbox," which appeared in the Bay Mills News until 2007 and won the National Native American Journalists Association Award in 2005 for Best Column Writing (Monthly).

Education

Michigan State University College of Law
J.D. (2007) magna cum laude

James Madison College at Michigan State University
B.A. in Social Relations (2003)

Admitted to Practice

Michigan
Matche-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians
Nottawaseppi Band of the Huron Potawatomi

 

 

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