Tribal Counseling and Advocacy

Martha L. King, P.C. offers the experience and passion to walk side-by-side with tribal decisionmakers while navigating legal issues. King was included in The Best Lawyers in America® in Native American Law in both 2016, 2017, and 2018.  There is ample reason as to why King received such a prestigious recognition.

King has been immersed in federal Indian law for over 20 years. She was first exposed to principles of federal Indian law while attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks and securing a degree in Political Science with a minor in Alaska Native Studies. While there she worked for the first Native American woman elected to the Alaskan State Senate, Senator Georgianna Lincoln. She also interned at Alaska Legal Services and was exposed to the actual application of federal Indian law to real situations.

Afterward, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, known then as the best federal Indian law program in the United States, and studied under the four preeminent professors in Indian law: Mr. Charles Wilkinson, Mr. David Getches, Mr. Rick Collins, and Ms. Sarah Krakoff. In addition to her work in the American Indian Law Clinic, she clerked for the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller and Munson, and Whiteing and Smith, where her duties focused on federal Indian law.

Immediately after law school, she secured a National Association for Public Interest Law Equal Justice Fellowship and began working on federal Indian law issues at the Native American Rights Fund in Anchorage, Alaska.

She then worked for the Navajo Nation, first in its office of Navajo Government Development, and later in its Office of Legislative Counsel.  She performed legislative drafting including drafting the Navajo Nation business site Leasing regulations, the local governance trust fund, and numerous amendments to the Local Governance Act. She later worked at Fredericks Peebles & Morgan, focusing on both federal Indian law and sovereignty law, and simultaneously served as a member, then Chairperson, of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors.

King formed Martha L. King, P.C. in 2016 and after its first year of existence, was included in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ® as a Best Law Firm® in Native American Law. It will also be included therein in 2018. Its practice areas include law drafting, policy drafting, employment law, tribal taxation, economic development, federal, tribal and state-tribal relations, local governance, land use regulation, intergovernmental arguments, contract, civil defense, administrative law, and other matters common to municipal governments including parliamentary procedure.

Our Firm works with Boards of Directors and Management Boards in developing or amending governing documents for their businesses, including bylaws, operating agreements and plans of operation, and in observing corporate formalities and applicable fiduciary duties. It develops tribal codes or amendments to support business activity. It also develops employee handbooks and other internal policies and procedures, and provides advice on compliance with such documents. It reviews leases, contracts, sales and purchase agreements, general agreements and other business documents for clients. The Firm assists management in litigation prevention strategies, but when its corporate clients are sued, or they need to sue, the Firm litigates on their behalf.

AN EXAMPLE OF OUR WORK

Martha L. King, P.C. presently represents a tribal enterprise wholly owned by a tribe and operating in Indian country. It represents that enterprise by drafting numerous amendments to national laws addressing head on matters essential to economic development, taxation, sovereignty, sovereign immunity, self- governance, and employment. It also assists the enterprise in drafting documents for business implementation such as bylaws, resolution drafting, human resources, records management, and other general counsel business service matters. The firm represents this enterprise in litigation in New Mexico and Oklahoma.

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