Attorney Bio

Tribal Law. Tribal Solutions.

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THOMASINA REAL BIRD
Partner

Louisville, CO
P: 303.673.9600
F: 303.673.9155
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Ms. Real Bird joined the firm in 2007.

As a Partner for the law firm of Fredericks Peebles & Morgan, Ms. Real Bird represents clients in all areas of Tribal and Federal Indian Law. Ms. Real Bird serves as general counsel for the Yankton Sioux Tribe and is dedicated to representing tribes, tribal corporations, and individual tribal members. Ms. Real Bird′s approach to serving her clients is to listen, be courteous, be respectful, and to always be reverent to tribal custom, history, and solutions.

Ms. Real Bird serves as the Treasurer of the National Native American Bar Association and Foundation and also serves as its Young Lawyers Committee Chair. She also serves on the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (2015-present) and the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility Diversity Committee (2014-present). Ms. Real Bird was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.



Tribal Affiliation: 
Ihanktonwan Nakota, Sicangu Lakota, and an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

PRACTICE AREAS:
Litigation and transactions in the area of tribal governance; employment law; administrative law; government regulations; tribal-state-federal relations; gaming law; constitutional law; and professional responsibility.

ADMISSIONS:
Colorado, South Dakota, U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado, U.S. District Courts for the District of South Dakota, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Yankton Sioux Tribal Court, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Courts, Ute Indian Tribal Court.

EDUCATION:
Columbia University School of Law (J.D.); Stanford University (M.A., Sociology; B.A., Native American Studies with Honors with a minor in Sociology).

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Ms. Real Bird has significant experience representing tribes in a general counsel capacity.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:
Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe, et al., 770 F.3d 944 (10th Cir. Oct. 21, 2014); Amber Bighorse v. Southern Plains Regional Director, 59 IBIA 1 (2014); Wandrie-Harjo, et al. v. Prairie Chief-Boswell, et al., CIV-II-171-F (W.D. Okla. 2011); Yazzie v. Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee of the Ute Indian Tribe, CV-09-188 (Ute Tribal Court 2011); Toole v. Ute Water Settlement Accounting Services, LLC, CV-09-061 (Ute Tribal Court 2010); Flyingman v. Hoffman, SC-2008-0010 (Chey. & Arap. S. Ct. 2009); Dubray, et al. v. Great Plains Regional Director, 48 IBIA 1 (10/16/2008).

ASSOCIATIONS:
Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; Colorado Indian Bar Association; Boulder County Bar Association; American Bar Association.

HONORS:
Colorado Rising Stars Recognition (2017, 2016), Super Lawyers honors those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice as Rising Stars - a distinction reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys in Colorado.

Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award (2014), the American Bar Association Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award honors young lawyers′ commitment to legal and judicial ethics, lawyer professionalism, client protection and professional regulation.

Native American 40 Under 40 Award (2013), the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development acknowledges those emerging Native American, Alaska Native and First Nation citizens between 18 and 39 years of age, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication to achieve significant contributions to Native communities throughout North America.

Ihanktonwan Community College Commencement Address (2014); Inauguration Speech for Yankton Sioux Tribe (2011).


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