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Conly J. Schulte


Conly J. Schulte


Conly J. Schulte joined the firm in 1995 as an associate, and became a partner in 2000. He has had the privilege of serving as general and special legal counsel for numerous federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal regulatory agencies and tribally-owned entities for over 25 years. He has advised clients on a wide variety of issues, including general civil litigation, business transactions, preservation and full exercise of sovereign rights, federal recognition, land acquisition, gaming, enforcement of treaty rights, negotiation of tribal-state gaming compacts and other intergovernmental agreements, structuring complex commercial transactions, interfacing with federal and state agencies, and tribal government best practices.

He has extensive experience serving as lead litigation counsel in judicial, arbitration and administrative forums on a wide variety of issues, including contract disputes, tort claims, Indian Gaming Regulatory Act litigation, federal fee-to-trust land transactions, tribal exemptions from state regulatory laws, breach of federal trust obligations, federal Tort Claims Act litigation, federal recognition of tribal status, tribal taxing jurisdiction, NEPA litigation, Endangered Species Act litigation, commercial disputes, and constitutional rights litigation. He has also served as a co-instructor for a law school course on federal Indian law and has spoken at numerous seminars on various legal issues.


  • Colorado State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Special Member, Native American Bar Association

Teaching Positions:

  • Adjunct Faculty Co-Instructor, Creighton University School of Law, Fall 2000

Legal Authorship:

  • Working to Preserve Tribal Sovereignty and Prepare for Pending Changes, Inside the Minds, Emerging Issues in Tribal State Relations (Aspatore, 2010 Edition)
  • Co-Author, The Use of Internet Communication Facilities and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 2 Gaming Law Review 473 (1998)


  • Colorado and Nebraska

  • U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Western District of Michigan, District of Nebraska, Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Northern District of Iowa

  • Winnebago Tribal Court

  • Santee Sioux Nation Tribal Court

  • Gun Lake Tribal Court

  • Eastern Shoshone & Northern Arapaho Tribal Court

  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Court

  • Mr. Schulte has also been admitted pro hac vice to practice in cases in state and federal courts located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Washington states


  • Creighton University (J.D., Cum Laude 1993)

  • Board of Editors, Creighton Law Review

  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln (B.A., 1990)

Prior Legal Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty Co-Instructor, Creighton University School of Law (2000)

  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. John F. Irwin, Nebraska Court of Appeals (1993 – 1995)

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Patchak v. Zinke, 138 S.Ct. 897 (2018)

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, (D.D.C. 2017)

People v. Miami Nation Enterprises, 223 Cal. App. 4th 21, 166 Cal. Rptr. 3d 800 (Cal. App. 2014)

Michigan Gambling Opposition v. Kempthorne, 525 F.3d 23 (D. C. Cir. 2008)

Wyandotte Nation v. Sebelius,443 F.3d 1247 (10th Cir. 2006)

Wyandotte Nation v. Nat'l Indian Gaming Comm'n, 437 F. Supp. 2d 1193 (2006)

United States v. Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, 324 F.3d 607 (8th Cir 2003)

Lac Vieux Desert Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Michigan Gaming Control Bd., 276 F.3d 876 (6th Cir. 2002)

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Kean-Argovitz Resorts-Michigan, LLC, 249 F.Supp.2d 901 (W.D.Mich. 2003)

Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead (Aquinnah) v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 63 F.Supp.2d 119, (D. Mass. 1999)