LEONIKA R. CHARGING

1406 Fort Crook Frontage Rd.
Bellevue, NE 68005
lcharging@bigfirelaw.com

TRIBAL AFFILIATION

Enrolled member, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Crime & Delinquency Studies, University of Kansas (B.A. 1997); Juris Doctor, University of South Dakota School of Law (J.D. 2003)

BAR ADMISSIONS

South Dakota; Nebraska; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Partner, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan (2007-2019); Associate, Johnson Thompson, LLC (2004-2007); Legal Analyst, Santee Sioux Tribal Court (2003-2004); Law Clerk, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker (2002).

ASSOCIATIONS AND HONORS

Executive Board Member, Nebraska State Bar Association, Indian Law Section; American Bar Association (ABA) Law Practice Management Division Fellow; Editor, ABA Law Practice Today Magazine; ABA Women Rainmakers Committee; Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013-2014); Native American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section; South Dakota State Bar Indian Law Committee; Member of Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy (2011-2012); Nebraska Minority Corporate Counsel Program (2011); Association of Boxing Commissions Certified Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Judge (2009); Graduate of South Dakota State Bar Association Trial Lawyers Academy (2007); National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) “Native American 40 under 40” Award Recipient

LEGAL AUTHORSHIP

Practicing in Tribal Courts: A Rewarding Opportunity,” The Nebraska Lawyer, July 2005; “Atkinson v. Shirley: A Taxing Decision on Tribal Sovereign Power,” Volume 47 South Dakota Law Review, 2002.

PRACTICE AREAS

Ms. Charging serves as counsel to various tribal corporations where she assists in development of tribal enterprises through corporate code development, including Business Corporations, Limited Liability Company, Debtor Creditor, and Secured Transactions laws. She has also assisted tribal clients with corporate structure and planning, assisting with every aspect from entity formation, to drafting bylaws and operating agreements, to corporate dissolution matters. She has also worked on government contracting matters including tribal 8(a) certification, laws, and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Charging has a wealth of experience in tribal governmental matters, including working on tribal constitutional revision projects, long-term strategic planning, and drafting tribal policies & procedures. She has worked on behalf of tribes to resolve P.L. 638 contract issues, employment law matters, and election disputes. She also works on matters concerning tribal gaming, including both management and regulatory issues. Ms. Charging has assisted tribes with both on-reservation and off-reservation fee-to-trust applications, as well as land and property issues.