Andrew Adams III is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and member of the Tvlahasse Wvkokaye Ceremonial Grounds. Andrew has experience in the areas of federal Indian law, tribal constitutional law, tribal governance, litigation, gaming law, complex financial transactions,tax issues related to Tribal governments and individual tribal members, business law, employment law, treaty hunting, fishing, and gathering law, and government relations.
Andrew serves as a Justice on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court, Chief Justice on the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska Supreme Court, and Justice on the Gun Lake Tribal Supreme Court. Andrew currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section, and previously served as a Board Member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association and as a Board Member for the State Bar of Wisconsin Indian Law Section. Andrew has regularly lectured on Indian-law issues at seminars and conferences nationally. Andrew also serves as Chairperson of the Indian Education Parent Committee for the White Bear Lake Area School District / ISD624.
When Andrew is not at the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife & children, visiting with family & friends, golf, being outside, traveling, playing flag football, watching football, stomp dances, pow wows, and running on a treadmill.
Andrew’s Indian law experience includes:
- Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Snyder (W.D. Mich. 2015 – present). Representing the Tribe in suit for recognition of treaty-defined reservation boundaries.
- Harris v. Lake of the Torches Resort & Casino, Case No. 11-CV-188 (Vilas County, WI June 6, 2014). Representing Tribal corporation in successfully arguing for vacatur of judgment for lack of jurisdiction.
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan v. Coastal Wine Merchants (Opposition No. 91210751, USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, 2013). Represented Tribe in successful opposition and termination of corporation’s applied for mark that infringed on Tribe’s registered mark.
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan v. Hebei Red Eagle Industrial and Trade Co. Ltd. (Cancellation No. 92057445, USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, 2013). Represented Tribe in successful termination of Chinese corporation’s mark that infringed on Tribe’s registered mark.
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan v. UAW (NLRB, ongoing). Representing Tribe in administrative action challenging the NLRB’s application of the National Labor Relations Act to tribe’s casino.
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan v. National Labor Relations Board (Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2011). Represented Tribe in suit challenging the NLRB’s application of the National Labor Relations Act to tribe’s casino.
- St. Croix Casino – Danbury. Represented Tribe in $60M DOI guaranteed financing, construction, federal and state regulatory compliance, and all other legal issues related to building and opening new casino. (2010)
- St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin v. Kempthorne et al. (United States District Court, District of Columbia, 2008). Represented Tribe in dispute with the federal government over changes made to regulations governing the application and approval process for tribal off-reservation casinos.
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- J.D., University of Wisconsin, 2006
- M.A., University of Michigan, 1999
- B.A., University of Michigan, 1996.
- 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- Ho-Chunk Nation
- Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- Lower Sioux Indian Community
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation
- Red Lake Nation Tribal Court
- St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Honors and Awards:
- Best Lawyers (2015-present)
- Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2015-2016)
- Law360 Native American Editorial Advisory Board (2015-present)
- An Introduction: American Indian Tribes and Law in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lawyer, May 2015, Volume 88, Number 5
- State Online Lotteries vs. Tribal Casinos, 14th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, Seattle, WA (2016)
- Regulating Attorneys in Tribal Courts Ethics Panel, Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2016)
- Understanding Diverse Cultures and Working with Diverse Lawyers and Clients, MINNCLE Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN (2015)
- Cultural Competence for Business Lawyers, MINNCLE Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
- Tribal Sports/Boxing Commissions, Tribal Boxing Regulators Conference, Hinckley, MN (2014)
- Major Recent Cases on Tribal Sovereignty: Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, Law Seminars International, Prior Lake, MN (2014)
- Employment Law in Indian Country: A Case of Competing Sovereigns, Law Seminars International, Prior Lake, MN (2014)
- Developing an Effective Organizational Structure and Strategic Economic Development Plan, Law Seminars International, Prior Lake, MN (2014)
- Tribal Sports Commissions, Wisconsin Gaming Regulators Conference, Lac du Flambeau, WI (2013)
- Tribal Gaming Regulatory Challenges, Wisconsin Gaming Regulators Conference, Lac du Flambeau, WI (2103)
- Unions in Indian Countryand the Role of Tribal Gaming Regulators, Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Regulators Association Conference, Thackerville, OK (2013)
- FMLA: Caselaw Update and Topics of Interest, National Native American Human Resources Association, Quapaw, OK (2013)
- Internet Gaming, State Lotteries, & Jurisdiction, Minnesota CLE Indian Law Conference, Welch, MN (2012)
- Digital Mapping—Internet Gaming (Moderator), Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference, Pueblo of Pojoaque (2012)
- Trans-Boundary Resolutions: the Saginaw Chippewa Model for Inter-Governmental Jurisdictional Agreements (Moderator), Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference, Pueblo of Pojoaque (2012)
- Internet Gaming and Tribal Casinos, Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Regulators Association Conference, Thackerville, OK (2011)
- Ethical Issues Facing the In-House Attorney (Moderator), Minnesota CLE Indian Law Conference, Hinckley, MN (2011)
- Internet Gaming and Tribal Casinos, Midwest Tribal Internet Gaming Summit, Danbury, WI (2011)
- Internet Gambling, Indian Casinos, & Tribal Implications, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Doing Business in Indian Country, Tulsa, OK (2011)
- Protecting Player Data, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference & Tradeshow, Tulsa, OK (2011)
- Future of Off-Reservation Gaming, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI (2010)
- Gaming Commission Administrative Hearings, National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference, Green Bay, WI (2010)
- Off-Reservation Gaming: Commutable Distance v. Self Sufficiency, Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference, Pueblo of Pojoaque (2009)
- Taxing Tribal Corporations or LLC’s (On and Off Reservations), Tax Management for Tribes, Law Seminars International, Minneapolis, MN (2009)