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Tribal Law. Tribal Solutions.

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STEVEN J. BLOXHAM
Partner

Sacramento, CA
P: 916.441.2700
F: 916.441.2067
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Mr. Bloxham joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2007.



PRACTICE AREAS:
Civil litigation and appellate advocacy; tribal sovereignty and self-determination; land claims; natural resources; cultural and historic preservation; tribal recognition; economic development.

ADMISSIONS:
Arizona; California; Navajo Nation; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Ninth and Tenth Circuits; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Courts for the District of Arizona, the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California and the District of Columbia.

EDUCATION:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1980); University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1977).

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Assistant Attorney General and Attorney, Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Natural Resources Unit; Tribal Attorney, Colorado River Indian Tribes.

ASSOCIATIONS:
Federal Bar Association; Sacramento County Bar Association; Navajo Nation Bar Association's Admissions Committee (1999 - 2001); Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section (1995 - 1997); Integrated Resource Planning Task Force for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (1996); Board of Directors of The Irataba Society of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (1990 - 1993).

LEGAL AUTHORSHIP: Author, "Aboriginal Title, Alaskan Native Property Rights and the Case of the Tee-Hit-Ton Indians," 8 Am. Indian L. Rev. 299-331 (1980); Author, "Tribal Sovereignty: An Analysis of Montana v. United States," 8 Am. Indian L. Rev. 175-181 (1980).


Mr. Bloxham has extensive experience working for Indian tribes in civil litigation and business transactions involving land and natural resources, including energy resource negotiations, title and boundary litigation, and rights-of-way and leasing negotiations.

On behalf of the Navajo Nation, Mr. Bloxham helped bring litigation against coal mining and electric utility companies alleging corruption of federal administrative proceedings concerning coal royalty rates. He also negotiated the workout of the Nation′s forest products industry enterprise′s debts after it became insolvent in the mid-1990s, as well as the acquisition, financing and completion of the Nation′s beautiful museum and library facilities. For four years he was a member of the Nation′s delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission′s Working Group on a Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland. On behalf of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, he supervised and assisted in the trial of reservation boundary issues to a U.S. Supreme Court Special Master in the third round of the Arizona v. California water rights litigation. He also worked in several other cases to preserve the Tribe′s land titles and reservation boundaries and protect its cultural resources and sovereignty.

Mr. Bloxham served as a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association′s Admissions Committee from 1999 to 2001, and was the Northern Arizona Program Chair and a member of the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona′s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section from 1995 to 1997. In 1996, he participated as a member of the Integrated Resource Planning Task Force for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. He also served from 1990 to 1993 as a member of the Board of Directors of The Irataba Society, a public service organization established by the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

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