Backstory

At Hogen Adams, our roots in Indian Country run deep. Every day, we address issues of jurisdiction, sovereignty, and tribal governance, but it’s tough to put a picture on those ideas and ideals. Instead, we surround ourselves with art that represents where we come from and the clients we serve. In between the cases and the deals and the ordinances and the resolutions, those pieces of art and artifact remind us of who we are and where we’re going. And we invite you to take a look.

 

Bill

Bill

Bill served as the lead attorney for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan’s successful reservation-boundary treaty case. At the conclusion of the case, the Tribe celebrated the hard-fought victory with a feast and blanket ceremony, where Tribal leadership presented Bill with this blanket featuring the seal of the Tribe and an Ojibwe floral motif.

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Vanya

President Calvin Coolidge visited Pine Ridge in the summer of 1927, and it just so happened that Joe Brown, grandfather of Of Counsel Phil Hogen, and great-grandfather of Member Vanya S. Hogen, was right up front to witness it. Joe is kneeling wearing the newsboy hat.

jess

Jessica

Jessica’s clients helped her welcome the arrival of her daughter by sending the gift of this crib-sized blanket. In the accompanying letter, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Chief thanked Jessica for her role in gaining judicial recognition of the Tribe’s Isabella Reservation.

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Andrew

The Muscogee Nation and other southeastern tribes play stickball—a game of great spiritual and cultural significance. Stickball is often referred to as “the little brother of war,” and was used to settle disputes between Muscogee tribal towns. Andrew uses the pictured sticks when he plays stickball at his tribal town.