Amy represents Indian tribes in litigation involving treaty rights, reservation boundaries, jurisdiction, state and local government relations, and federal law. Before she entered private practice, Amy served as a law clerk for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Tribal Court. In addition, she interned with the Minneapolis Field Office of the Department of the Interior Solicitor’s Office. In addition to Indian law, Amy has experience in business, real property, local governments, utilities, estate planning, and public health. She graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she served as the Criminal Expungement Director for a student managed self-help clinic, and as the Managing Editor of the Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice.
Prior law school, Amy was employed in the marina and recreation industry for fifteen years where she performed business analysis along with strategic planning and implementation. Amy also served in local government in Wyoming by serving as the Mayor for the Town of Basin, and as the Chairwoman of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Committee.
When not in the office, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, and sleeping in a tent.
Amy’s Indian law experience includes:
- Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Evers (W.D. Wis. 2018 – present). Representing several tribes and their members in suit to preclude state taxation of fee property in reservations.
- Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Snyder (W.D. Mich. 2015 – 2019). Representing the Tribe in suit for recognition of treaty-defined reservation boundaries.
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources v. Timber and Wood Products located in Sawyer County, 906 N.W.2d 707 (Wis. Ct. App. 2017). Through the Mitchell Hamline Indian Law Impact Litigation Clinic, Amy assisted in the representation of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin. In that matter, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s dismissal of an in rem action against trees located on Tribal land finding that the Tribe’s sovereign immunity prevented such an action and there had been no clear and unequivocal waiver of the Tribe’s sovereign immunity.
- J.D. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, magna cum laude
- B.S. University of Wyoming, Business Administration
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- Lower Sioux Community in Minnesota Tribal Court
- Prairie Island Tribal Court
- Volunteer Attorney, Children’s Law Center
- Adjunct, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Menominee Lay Advocate Program-Evidence, Spring 2020