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Prior to the founding of Hobbs Straus, Jerry Straus was lead Washington, D.C. counsel in the first large scale case for the restoration of historic Indian land – the restoration of the 48,000 acre Blue Lake lands to the Taos Pueblo.

Our Milestones

Our successful negotiation of a water rights compact for the Seminole Tribe resulted in the recognition of Winters Doctrine rights for an Eastern Tribe located in a riparian state.
Hobbs Straus successfully negotiated the Habitat Conservation Plan under the Endangered Species Act involving in-river habitat and hydroelectric dams on behalf of tribes with treaty fishing rights.
The firm established the right to money damages for breach of trust duty in the landmark case of Mitchell v. United States, 463 U.S. 206 (1983), an action for mismanagement of tribal timber resources by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The case settled for $27 million.
Hobbs Straus lawyers obtained an injunction against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a case establishing that treaty rights to hunt also include a right to protection of wildlife habitat. Klamath Tribes v. United States, 1996 WL 924509 (D.Or. 1996).
In 1984, lawyers at Hobbs Straus assisted the Cochiti Pueblo of New Mexico in securing legislative restoration of the 26,000 acre Santa Cruz Springs Tract.
In 1992, Hobbs Straus assisted the Cochiti Pueblo of New Mexico in securing a legislative settlement of its claim for destruction of tribal crop lands flooded by seepage from the Cochiti Dam.
Our firm assisted a tribe in its successful effort to secure a Forest Service decision banning rock climbing on Cave Rock, a significant tribal cultural site, and filed an amicus brief in Access Fund v. U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of the Forest Service’s decision, which was upheld.
When the Cochiti Pueblo of New Mexico objected to the development of hydropower at the Cochiti Dam, Hobbs Straus helped the Tribe secure legislation blocking its development (1990).
Our firm successfully presented a tribe's position to EPA to ensure tribal-federal jurisdiction over components of an expansive water project serving Indian and non-Indian communities.
Our firm represented a tribe in a land claim case in which we persuaded the federal government to intervene on behalf of the tribe. Canadian St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians v. State of N.Y., Nos. 82-CV-783, 82-CV-1114, 89-CV-829 (N.D.N.Y.)