Sam Daughety is a member of Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulation practice and Native American Law and Policy practice. Sam has substantial experience advising clients on complex Indian lands and Indian gaming issues, including tribal-state compacts and related agreements, the fee-to-trust process, leasing, regulatory compliance, and tribal governmental and administrative matters. He regularly assists clients in developing viable strategic solutions in the face of legislative and regulatory challenges.
Sam has represented tribal interests in numerous matters before state and federal courts of appeal and in arbitration proceedings. He also has represented national tribal organizations as amicus curiae before federal courts on matters with widespread implications for tribal trust lands, federal administrative procedure, and child welfare. Throughout his career, Sam has advised clients on all manner of legal and policy issues related to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and has represented tribes and tribal interests in trial and appellate court proceedings involving ICWA in multiple states.
Prior to joining Dentons, Sam served as an assistant attorney general for the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe. In that capacity, he advised the Nation’s legislative council, executive branch and departments on a wide variety of matters related to federal Indian law.