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Tribal Law. Tribal Solutions.

JOHN

JOHN F. PETOSKEY
Partner

Peshawbestown, MI
P: 231.631.8558 (cell)
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Mr. Petoskey joined the firm as a partner in 2010.

Tribal Affiliation: 
Member, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians and of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe.

PRACTICE AREAS:
Tribal government; self-determination and self-governance; annual funding agreements; gaming law and development; reservation economic development; trial and appellate advocacy; tribal code development; Indian housing; Indian reservation roads; Indian commercial development; property acquisition via bond offering and finance; and taxation in Indian Country.

ADMISSIONS:
Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuits; Western Federal District Court of Michigan; Federal District Court of New Mexico.

EDUCATION:
University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D., 1979); Western Michigan University (B.A., 1976).

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
General Counsel for Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians for 23 years; Appellate Brief Writer for the State of New Mexico in the Human Services area. (1985-87); Indian Legal Services in Michigan, New Mexico and Alaska.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:
GTB vs. U.S. Attorney, 369 F.3rd 960 (2004) was a major case that involved the issue of “restored lands” under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

ASSOCIATIONS:
American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association.

LEGAL AUTHORSHIP: “Doing Business with Michigan Indian Tribes” 76 Mich. B. J. 440 (1997); “Indians and the First Amendment” in American Indian Policy in the Twentieth Century, 221 (Vine Deloria, Jr. ed. 1985) (collection of essays).


As General Counsel for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Mr. Petoskey participated in all federal, state and tribal litigation and administrative hearings where the Tribe was a plaintiff or defendant. He also wrote the majority of GTB′s statutes published as the Grand Traverse Band Code. Mr. Petoskey participated in the original Michigan Indian gaming compact negotiations and litigation through the 1980s and 1990s and the tax negotiations of 2000-2004. Mr. Petoskey also participated in the post trial phase of U.S. vs. Michigan (Indian Treaty fishing). He also did several cases on Indian Country jurisdiction and Indian First Amendment rights (1979-1985).

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