Todd Morman

Bellingham, Washington
tmorman@bigfirelaw.com

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s Degree in History & Political Science, Indiana University (B.A. 1992)

 Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with Honors, Ohio University (B.S. 1994)

Juris Doctor, University of Montana School of Law (J.D. 2001)

Master’s Degree in American Indian Legal History, University of Missouri (M.A. 2010)

Thesis: “Kachinas are Snowmakers: United States Public Land Management and the Hopi Quest for Religious Freedom, 1962-2008.”

Doctorate in American Indian Legal History, University of Missouri, History (PhD. 2016)

Dissertation: Indian Sovereignty and Religious Freedom: United States Public Land Management and Indian Sacred Sites, 1978 to 2014.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Ohio; Washington; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Court; Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Court; Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court; Lummi Tribal Court; Pyramid Lake Tribal Court; Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Court; Walker River Paiute Tribal Court; Washoe Tribal Court of Nevada and California; Yerington Paiute Tribal Court; Inter-Tribal Court of Appeals of Nevada

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Staff Attorney for the Office of Reservation Attorney of the Lummi Nation (2019- 2020); Staff Attorney for the Indian Law Project of Nevada Legal Services (2018-2019); Staff Attorney for Anishinabe Legal Services (2017-2018); Brannon & Associates (2006-2008)

LEGAL AUTHORSHIP

Many Nations Under Many Gods, Public Land Management and American Indian Sacred Sites, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018)

Book Review of Theodore Catton, American Indians and National Forests, American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Summer 2018)

PRACTICE AREAS

Dr. Morman is an experienced litigator with over eight years in a variety of tribal and state courts, including appellate practice before both state and tribal appellate bodies. Dr. Morman has represented both indigenous governments and their members in child welfare matters. He is experienced with the Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian Probate, and Wills, having made presentations to indigenous governments and their members on how to navigate the complexities of these areas. After five years of experience in civil and criminal litigation in Ohio, Dr. Morman has most recently worked for the Indian Child Welfare section of the Office of Reservation Attorney for the Lummi Nation (2019-2020), the Indian Law Project of Nevada Legal Services (2018-2019), and Anishinabe Legal Services (2017-18). He is also an expert in the law and history of indigenous religious and cultural interests when impacted by federal administrative bodies. He is the author of Many Nations Under Many Gods, Public Land Management, and American Indian Sacred Sites from the University of Oklahoma Press. Dr. Morman also has experience with drafting wills, civil rights litigation, tribal code revisions, contract negotiation, and litigation, as well as issues surrounding the emerging norms of indigenous rights under international law.

 

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