LisaAdams Partner

Mrs. Adams has been with Peebles Kidder since 2021 and brings thirty years of experience in Federal Indian Law, Tax Law, Police Practices and Training, and Criminal Law and Procedure to the firm. She is former Chief Judge of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Oglala Nation, former Senior Attorney for the Yurok Tribe where she created the Tribe’s first in-house legal department, in-house counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and Tribal Prosecutor for the Colorado River Indian Tribes. She also served as a stateside prosecutor and police liaison in Newark, New Jersey. She is state certified by P.O.S.T. in Arizona and was in New Jersey to allow her to train tribal and state police officers in criminal trial practice and taught criminal law and procedure to the police academy in Newark, New Jersey.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Economic Development; Bankruptcy (Ch. 11); Tribal Governments; Ordinance Drafting; Government Affairs; Criminal Law and Procedure; Police Department Training and Counsel; Tax; Sacred Sites Protection (NAGPRA/ARPA Enforcement).

ADMISSIONS:

Nebraska State; New Jersey State; Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals; Oglala Sioux Tribal Court; Yurok Tribal Court; United States District Court for the Districts of Nebraska and New Jersey; United States Bankruptcy Court dot eh District of Nebraska.

EDUCATION:

Willamette University College of Law (J.D. 1990); Emory University (B.A. 1984)

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

In-House Counsel to the Oglala Sioux Tribe (2020-2021 and 2013-2014); Assistant Public Defender, Adams County NE (2019-2020); Deputy Attorney General, Adult Criminal, Colorado River Indian Tribes (2016-2019);Solo Practitioner (2008-2021); Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Oglala Nation (2013-2014); Chief Judge, Oglala Sioux Tribal Court (2006-2008); Senior Attorney, Yurok Tribe (2002-2006); Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Newark, N.J. (1996-2002)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

United State v. Garza, 593 F.3d 385 (2010) Wrote Appellate Brief for Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

ASSOCIATIONS:

(2020) Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association: Taught CLE “It’s Elemental Watson” on Police Tactics and Collecting Defense Evidence from Police Departments; (1998) Featured Speaker, University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s 1898 Symposium (1998): Offered insight on how to mend race relations following the Wilmington Riot of 1898. This included the importance of cultures working together; and the critical need of society to accept a diversity of personal and professional achievement in a mixed-race world.

LisaAdams Partner

Contact Information

Rapid City, SD ladams@ndnlaw.com (605) 791-1515 (605) 791-1915