Attorney Bio

Tribal Law. Tribal Solutions.



Winnebago, NE
P: 402.878.4383
F: 402.333.4078

Ms. Smith joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2009 and of-counsel in 2018.

Member, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Tribal economic development and corporate law; finance; taxation; gaming; employment; education; tribal ordinance and code drafting; and tribal government.

Supreme Court for the State of Nebraska; U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska; Winnebago Tribal Court.

University of Iowa School of Law (J.D., 2003); Wayne State College, NE (B.S. Business/Human Resource Management, 1998).

General Counsel, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Ho-Chunk, Inc. (2003-present); Legal Extern, Iowa City Attorneys Office and Iowa City Human Rights Commission (2003); Legal Intern, Native American Rights Fund (2002); Legal Intern, Ho-Chunk, Inc. (2001).

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) “Native American 40 under 40” award recipient (2009). Thurston County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairperson (2004-present); Nebraska Native American Leadership Alliance; Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section; Nebraska State Bar Association; National Native American Bar Association; Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassadors Program Alumni (Class of 1998).

Adjunct Instructor, Business and Federal Indian Law, Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Nebraska.

Danelle Smith is an Of Counsel attorney to Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP. She practices primarily in the area of Tribal and federal Indian law, with an emphasis in governmental affairs and economic development. In this capacity, she currently serves as General Counsel to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and its subdivisions, including Ho-Chunk, Inc., the Tribe’s economic development corporation. Ms. Smith has extensive experience in a broad range of tribal governance and tribal economic development matters, including financing, gaming, real estate, employment, and intergovernmental relations. She also works with tribal constitution and enrollment issues, tribal court administration, and ordinance and code drafting. Additionally, Ms. Smith is experienced in advising non-profit organizations, schools and community colleges.

Ms. Smith has been active in her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ho-Chunk Community Development Corporation. She has also served on the Boards of Directors for the Nebraska Justice Center, Legal Aid of Nebraska and the Ho-Chunk Community Development Fund. She teaches business and legal classes at Little Priest Tribal College, has served as a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project Committee, and was elected to a four-year term on the Thurston County Board of Supervisors. Ms. Smith was previously named as one of the "Native American 40 under 40" award recipients by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and is an alumnus of the Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) Ambassadors Program.

Ms. Smith is admitted to practice in the State of Nebraska, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, the Winnebago Tribal Court and the Ponca Tribal Court. Ms. Smith obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Wayne State College. She is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

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