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Tribal Law. Tribal Solutions.

REBECCA

REBECCA L. KIDDER
Partner

Rapid City, SD
P: 605.791.1515
F: 605.791.1915
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Mrs. Rebecca Kidder joined the firm in 2010. Mrs. Kidder has extensive experience in lobbying for funding and legislative changes, as well as skill in litigating federal cases involving housing discrimination, Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) allocation of housing funds to tribes and tribally designated housing entities. Mrs. Kidder represents numerous housing authorities as general counsel, with specialized experience in low-income housing tax credits.

Mrs. Kidder has significant knowledge regarding tribal jurisdictional matters including: reservation diminishment claims by states and negotiation of tribal-state tax agreements. Mrs. Kidder has assisted one tribe in securing authorization and funding for a multi-million dollar water intake and infrastructure project, and in securing authorization and funding for a new hospital. She has wide-ranging experience in working with federal agencies including Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, HUD, Department of Energy and others to successfully secure funding and administrative changes that benefit her clients. Mrs. Kidder has also represented several tribes and tribal entities in securing financing for economic development projects including casino expansion, a nursing home, and other community facilities. She has broad practice in reviewing and drafting contracts for construction, securing land into trust, and easements and rights of ways on trust lands necessary for infrastructure development.

Mrs. Kidder also serves as general counsel to tribal schools, with a focus on resolving audit disallowed costs. She also has worked to assist tribes in government-to-government consultation efforts which include federal obligations to consult with tribes in allocating education funds. Mrs. Kidder lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with her husband Stephen Brings Plenty; together, they have six children.




PRACTICE AREAS:
Tribal Housing; Tribal Schools and Education; Tribal Health Programs; Tribal Legal and Physical Infrastructure Development; Water Resources; Real Estate and Finance; and Jurisdictional Litigation.

ADMISSIONS:
South Dakota; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota; Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court; Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Court; Oglala Sioux Tribal Court.

EDUCATION:
Yale Law School (J.D., 1997) - Student Editor Yale Law Journal & Yale Law and Policy Review; University of Michigan (B.S., Sociology, 1994)

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
In-house and Special Counsel Legal Counsel to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (1997-1998; 2000-2007); Legal Counsel to Cheyenne River Housing Authority (1998-2006); Counsel to tribes, tribal housing authorities, and tribal schools at Abourezk & Zephier, P.C. (2008-2010).

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:
Yankton Sioux Tribe v. Podhradsky, 606 F.3d 994 (8th Cir. 2010); In the Matter of the Petition for Declaratory Ruling Regarding the Applicability of Domestic Water Use for Longview Farm LLP′s Well, Civ. 09-63, S.D. 1st Cir. (June 2010); Co-counsel in Yankton Sioux Tribe et al v. Kempthorne,442 F.Supp.2d 744 (D.S.D. 2006); Amicus in Oti Kaga v. South Dakota Housing Development Authority, 342 F.3d 871 (8th Cir. 2003); Cheyenne River Housing Authority v. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development,unpublished civ. 03-1052(8th Cir. 2003).

ASSOCIATIONS:
South Dakota Bar Association.

TEACHING POSITIONS:
Teaching Assistant Yale Law School to Professor Owen Fiss and to Sterling Professor the Honorable Guido Calabresi (1997); Business Law Instructor, Cheyenne River Community College (2004).

LEGAL AUTHORSHIP: 106 YALE L. J. 389 (1996) Administrative Discretion Gone Awry: The Reintroduction Of The Public Charge Exclusion For HIV-Positive Refugees And Asylees.

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