Ms. Fischer joined the firm in 2008 and became a partner in 2010.
Member, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Tribal/state relations; Tribal legal and physical infrastructure; Tribal financial and real estate transactions.
Supreme Court for the State of South Dakota; United States District Court for the District of South Dakota; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court.
Yale Law School (J.D., 1999); B.S., Business Administration and Accounting.
PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Indian law-related business and real estate transactions, Bangs McCullen Law Firm, Rapid City, South Dakota; Executive Director of the South Dakota Equal Justice Commission, created by the South Dakota Supreme Court to identify and devise remedies for the disparate treatment of minorities in the South Dakota Unified Judicial System.
Adjunct Professor, University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, on Indian Country economic development; Oglala Lakota College, Eagle Butte, South Dakota, on Tribal governance issues.
Mrs. Zephier has done extensive legal work for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and other tribes in the Northern Plains region. She served as the President and CEO of First Nations Oweesta Corporation in Rapid City, South Dakota developing community development financial institutions (CDFIs), tribal enterprises and tribal citizen entrepreneurship systems in Native communities throughout the United States. Mrs. Zephier is the President of Wind Energy Tribes United (WETU), an inter-tribal organization whose purpose is to inform, advise, represent, and advocate on behalf of its member tribes on issues related to commercial wind energy production and transmission. Mrs. Zephier works closely with her own tribe on its commercial wind energy development project, serving as the tribally owned energy corporation's Vice President. She also has experience as an auditor for the South Dakota Department of Labor and as a banker for Norwest (now Wells Fargo).