Sam Daughety, Esq. 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 also advises tribes and prospective investors on multimillion dollar economic development projects in Indian country, including all aspects of tribal governmental and entity sovereign immunity, tribal law and authority, jurisdiction, and dispute resolution. 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. 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.
Susi Schaeffer, Esq. is a member of Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulation practice and Native American Law and Policy practice. Susi concentrates her practice on Indian lands and environmental compliance issues. Susi draws on her years of experience in both the federal government and the private sector working to resolve legal issues pertaining to Indian lands, natural resources and the federal environmental regulatory system.
Susi advises clients in acquiring land in trust for both gaming and non-gaming purposes pursuant to the fee-to-trust authorities of the US Department of the Interior, and she has extensive experience working with Interior to achieve clients’ land acquisition objectives. She is also well versed in other Indian lands issues, including land claims, leasing and rights-of-way over Indian lands, and Section 81 approval requirements.
Susi has particular experience in handling environmental compliance issues on Indian lands, and she regularly counsels clients regarding compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as other environmental requirements in conjunction with acquiring land in trust. She also provides advice regarding environmental regulatory and jurisdictional issues, such as tribal environmental ordinances and the extent of state, tribal and federal permitting authority. She has participated at numerous conferences as an invited speaker on Indian land, energy and environmental matters.