Little Shell Chippewa Tribe
Office of the Chief of Staff
P.O. Box 6373
Great Falls, Montana 59406
September 2, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: James Parker Shield
Little Shell lose attorneys over lack of election
Today the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe received disturbing new from the attorneys, who have been representing the tribe’s federal recognition effort.
The Washington D.C. firm of Patton Boggs notified tribal leaders on Friday that it will no longer be able to represent the tribe.
Co-Counsel, Heather Sibbison stated that “my very great hope that you will somehow find a way to heal the many wounds so evident from the written and electronic correspondence that has crossed my desk over the last many months”.
The other Co-Counsel, Arlinda Locklear stated that “the prospects for activity on the recognition bill will be clarified once the agreed upon election takes place, so that there are no lingering leadership issues”.
In response, Tribal Chairman John Gilbert commended the two attorneys and Patton Boggs stating “we appreciate all the hard work and selfless dedication of these two fine ladies and the support by Patton Boggs”. Gilbert added, “We feel that Patton Boggs has become as frustrated as we are with Mr. Sinclair’s obvious attempts, through made-up excuses, to avoid taking part in an election that would end this tribal government dispute that has now cost us our attorneys”.