Dorsay & Easton Indian Law

Serving Northwest Tribes

Counsel to Tribal Governments

We primarily work with tribal governments – Tribal Councils, Business Committees and other governing bodies, tribal staff, and tribal enterprises on the wide variety of issues that Indian tribes face on a daily basis.

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Complex Litigation

We successfully represent Tribes, tribal governments, tribal employees and tribal members in a wide variety of court proceedings. We defend against attempts to attack tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction and strongly advocate for those interests.

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Inter-Governmental Relations

Tribal governments deal with the federal government and surrounding state and local governments on a daily basis. We represent tribes on a wide variety of jurisdictional and inter-governmental issues.

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The Dorsay & Easton Difference

The attorneys at Dorsay & Easton have over 100 years of combined legal experience practicing Indian law. We are dedicated to tribal values and advancing tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction. We work at the direction of our tribal clients and work closely with tribal governing bodies, managers, staff and enterprises. We listen carefully to our clients’ objectives and provide legal advice that allows them to successfully achieve their goals.

Our clients count on our advice for issues involving all aspects of federal Indian law, tribal law and every-day legal issues. We have extensive experience advising clients dealing with issues involving:

  • tribal sovereignty
  • tribal governance
  • economic development
  • forestry and natural resources
  • treaty rights
  • water rights
  • self-determination and self-governance
  • ICWA
  • land transactions
  • relations with surrounding governments

We employ all tools of advocacy to obtain success for our clients, including offering advice, and opinions, litigation, negotiation and lobbying, as appropriate.

The attorneys of Dorsay & Easton are very familiar with the broad range of issues currently facing tribal governments, councils and tribal business entities. Partners Craig J. Dorsay and Lea Ann Easton serve as general legal counsel for the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Samish Indian Nation of Washington, and the Hoh Indian Tribe. Suzy Driver is of counsel to our firm and has special expertise in water law and other natural resource issues, negotiations, and assisting tribes with strategic planning.

Our team also provides legal services to other Pacific Northwest Tribes and nationally in the areas of gaming, housing, jurisdictional issues, economic development, natural resources and Indian child welfare.


We strive to provide honest, thoughtful analysis and legal opinions even in the most challenging situations, and we pride ourselves on being available and responsive to our tribal clients’ needs.

We are committed advocates on behalf of our clients.

Why Us?

We provide our clients with the highest-value services for a reasonable price. The depth and breadth of our Indian country knowledge and experience enable us to quickly provide legal advice on many diverse issues. We use our collective skills and experience to thoroughly research, analyze and evaluate alternative and adaptive approaches. Because of our price structure and our dedication to tribal values, Dorsay & Easton clients receive a high degree of attorney contact.

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1737 NE Alberta St, Ste 208

Portland, OR 97211

Phone: (503) 790-9060