Office of the General Counsel

About the Office of General Counsel

“Our goal in every instance is to preserve and protect the integrity of the land, water and the people of the Gila River Indian Community.”

In 2011 the Law Office, Civil Division and Criminal Divisions, were divided into separate departments pursuant to the Community’s fiscal year 2012 Budget Resolution. The Criminal Division is now the Office of the Prosecutor, and the Civil Division is the Office of the General Counsel.

The Quality and volume of the services performed, the breadth of areas of practice, and the efficiency of the Office of General Counsel is commensurate with similar private of governmental agencies elsewhere.

All of the attorneys of the Office of General Counsel are guided by their training, integrity and ethics to serve their client with undivided loyalty. There is one client only: the Gila River Indian Community (“Community”).

The Office of General Counsel represents and projects the rights and interests of the Community in all matters involving the Community Council, Executive Officials, all Community Departments and entities and in prosecution of civil violation. All activities are conducted under the direction and oversight of the General Counsel.

The Office of General Counsel attorneys provide direction, advice, and recommendations on a multitude of issues affecting the Community. Very significant among those issues is the on-going country, state and federal litigation regarding the Community’s water rights and gaming interests. Water management planning includes focusing on maximizing the value of settlement water while ensuring and abundance of water for on-Reservation uses, riparian development and recharge, and agricultural and economic development. Other activities include protecting the Community’s sovereignty, working on gaming issues, promoting the Community’s health and welfare, enforcing the Community’s civil jurisdiction, protecting the Community’s interest in its Children vis-a`-vis the Indian Child Welfare Act, economic development, renewable energy, environmental quality, human resources, and the budgeting process.