For over 40 years, Dan Press has provided legal and Washington representation assistance to Indian tribes, Indian organizations, and companies doing business with tribes.
Dan assists tribes with strengthening their tribal governments by helping them develop and implement ordinances that exercise the tribe’s sovereign authority in such areas as employment rights and labor relations. He has helped to establish a range of entities designed to promote economic development in Indian country, including creative use of the special 8(a) rights Congress has provided to tribes and the first multi-tribally owned financial institution. He has also counseled tribes to obtain legislation awarding them hundreds of millions of dollars in land claims settlements, new health facilities, and new authority to promote employment on their reservations. He has special knowledge of Indian land issues, including rights of ways and leases on Indian land and the unique legal issues that arise when doing business on reservations and assisted companies negotiate various agreements with tribes regarding land use.
Dan has used his years of experience working with tribes and private sector companies to assist his clients develop productive business partnerships with tribes so that their projects can move forward quickly and cooperatively.
Dan is also adept in the application of the Affordable Care Act to Indians and how tribal and other reservation health care facilities can use the Act to greatly expand the resources available to them to treat the underlying problems responsible for the serious health issues on many reservations.
Dan has litigated in tribal and Federal courts on behalf of tribes and Indian business. Through his extensive knowledge of federal procurement law, he has advised tribes and businesses on contract issues and represented them on such issues in the Court of Federal Claims.
Mr. Press serves as pro bono general counsel for two national organizations that assist communities apply the science on the causes and effects of historical and childhood trauma to address social and health problems in their communities. The Roundtable on Native American Trauma-Informed Initiatives works to assist Native communities implement comprehensive trauma informed initiatives while the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice works at the Federal, state and community levels to encourage elected and agency officials to adopt policies that apply the science on trauma to the programs that address the effects of trauma, such as suicide, substance abuse and domestic violence. It also educates local communities about the benefits of implementing comprehensive trauma-informed initiatives. Mr. Press is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he teaches undergraduate courses on current issues facing Indian tribes include Issues in Tribal Government and Native American Economic Development. He also co-taught an original course called The Holocaust and Genocide in America in which the students examined these two genocidal events and the way the United States government and public have treated each in recent years.
Yale Law School
"Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
Native American Law, 2018
Council For Tribal Employment Rights Award of Appreciation
Native American Bank Award of Appreciation
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Adjunct Professor in Tribal Government, Indian Education, and Indian Economic Development