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Office of Tribal Attorney

Office of Tribal Attorney
Staff MemberPositionEmail
Hershel Gorham, Esq.General Counselhgorham@c-a-tribes.org
Antonio Church, Esq.Deputy General Conuselachurch@c-a-tribes.org
Tonya MooreParalegal/Admin. Asst.tmoore@c-a-tribes.org
Dayrah Yellowfish-ElizondoAssistant General Counseldelizondo@c-a-tribes.org

Operating under the supervision of the General Counsel, the Office of Tribal Attorney (OTA) serves as the chief legal representative and advisor to the Executive Office for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. In this role, the OTA provides timely and efficient legal services to the Executive Office, Directors, tribal programs, and staff of tribal government and tribal business enterprises, including subordinate tribal entities. The OTA also acts as a liaison to federal, other tribal, state and local governments, court systems, officials, professional associations, and interest groups on matters of interest to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

The Office of Tribal Attorney, while supporting Indian Self-Determination as expressed in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended, Public Law 93-638, promotes the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the Cheyenne and Arapaho of Oklahoma.

The Office of Tribal Attorney provides legal services on a wide range of issues. These practice areas include:
• Tribal Law
• Federal Indian Law
• Gaming Law
• Construction Law
• Treaty Rights
• Contract Law
• Employment Law
• Health Law
• Land Use Regulation
• Real Estate Law
• Business Commercial Law
• Dispute Resolution
• Constitutional Law
• Administrative Law
• Tax Law
• Tort Law
• Litigation (avoidance, resolution)
• Economic Development
• Indian Child Welfare Law

* Please note, the Office of Tribal Attorney cannot provide legal assistance to individual tribal members.

OTA provides timely and efficient legal services to the Executive Office, Directors, tribal programs, and staff of tribal government and tribal business enterprises, including subordinate tribal entities. 

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