Daniel S. Press

Partner

202.298.1882

dsp@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Helped to found the Tribal Employment Rights (TERO) program in 1977 and has served as general counsel to the Counsel for Tribal Employment Rights, the national TERO organization, since its founding in 1983.
  • Drafted and successfully lobbied for the special 8(a) rights for tribes in 1986 and since has assisted numerous tribes and Alaska Native Corporations establish 8(a) companies
  • Organized and obtained certification for the first multi-tribal 8(a) company which was owned by 12 tribes and assisted that company obtain over $90 million in contracts.
  • Helped to start the Native American Bank, the first intertribally owned financial institution.
  • Assisted one tribe obtain legislation awarding it $450 million to resolve the Tribe’s claim for inadequate payment when tribal land was taken for a Federal dam and assisted another obtain funding for a new health care facility to replace the one a Federal dam had destroyed 50 years earlier.
  • Assisted a tribe negotiate legislation awarding it over 9000 acres of land at a former military base near its reservation.
  • Assisted a large gas pipeline company negotiate a 200 mile right-of-way across tribal land.
  • Assisted a number of tribal and private companies explore the opportunities for wind and solar energy development on Indian reservations.
  • Drafted a model comprehensive tribal workforce protection ordinance encompassing the range of laws designed to protect workers and assisted tribes tailor, adopt, and implement the ordinance.
  • Represents a large city in its negotiations with a tribe regarding city rights-of-ways across tribal lands within the boundaries of the city.

Publications

Presentations

Ute Tribal Energy Conference and Expo

Panelist, "TERO Opportunities"
Denver, CO
10/14/2014

Going Pro: Pro Bono and the Legal Professional

Speaker
Arlington, VA
11/15/2007