Rose M. Weckenmann

1404 Fort Crook Road South
Bellevue, NE 68005
rweckenmann@bigfirelaw.com

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, University of Oklahoma (B.A. 2000)

Juris Doctor, University of Oklahoma of Law (J.D. 2003)- Certificate in Indian Law

Master of Business Administration, University of California-Davis (M.B.A. 2015)

BAR ADMISSIONS

California; Oklahoma; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; Chickasaw Nation

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE

General Counsel, Wilton Rancheria, California (2012-2018); Attorney, Kazhe Law Group PC (2008-2012); Associate Attorney, Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan (2006-2008); Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Justice, United States Department of Justice (2006); Staff Attorney, Chickasaw Nation Division of Justice (2005-2006); Tribal Prosecutor, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (2004-2005); Staff Attorney, Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court (2003-2004)

PRACTICE AREAS

Ms. Weckenmann practices primarily in the area of litigation.  She represents tribes and tribal entities in federal, state, and tribal court.   Ms. Weckenmann’s experience includes cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, before the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, and before tribal administrative boards.  She has litigation experience in the substantive areas of sovereign immunity, jurisdiction, administrative law, constitutional law, the Indian Reorganization Act, tribal self-determination, election law, land-into-trust, environmental law, gaming, taxation, employment law, and cases arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act.  Most notably, Ms. Weckenmann successfully represented Wilton Rancheria in its pursuit of restoration as a federally-recognized tribe until the Tribe was eventually restored in 2009. 

Ms. Weckenmann also has significant transactional experience working for Tribes.  Most recently, as the General Counsel for Wilton Rancheria, Ms. Weckenmann drafted the Tribe’s Constitution and complete Tribal Code, drafted and managed the Tribe’s successful applications for land-into-trust for gaming purposes and for restored lands, negotiated the Tribe’s gaming management and development contracts, and negotiated the Tribe’s gaming compact with the State of California. 

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