Helping Tribal Governments Protect Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Advocate for American Indian nations and Native-owned businesses


Advocacy and Professional Services

As sovereign governments surrounded by United States federal, state, and local governments, Indian nations and tribes must continuously engage in government-to-government dialogue and advocacy to survive and thrive.  Under the best circumstances, positive working relationships with outside governments can produce mutually beneficial “win-win” scenarios for tribal governments and their neighbors.  In the worst-case circumstances, tribal governments that face perpetual hostility and opposition have limited growth opportunities and may incur considerable legal and political expense.

Government Relations and Lobbying

Robert Odawi Porter is experienced in assisting tribal governments develop and implement effective government relations strategies
at the federal, state, and local levels of government.  With the ultimate goal of identifying “win-win” scenarios, he is an effective and uniquely experienced advocate to assist in developing the right strategy and policy priorities to achieve desired outcomes.  As a Senior Advisor at
Dentons US LLP in Washington, D.C., he works in collaboration with lawyers and lobbyists at the world’s largest law firm to assist sovereign tribal governments and Native-owned business navigate through governmental challenges and opportunities.

Legal Services

Robert Odawi Porter has represented Indian nations and tribes for nearly his entire 25 year legal career.  He is admitted to practice law in the United States of American (states of Connecticut and New York, and the District of Columbia), and the Seneca Nation of Indians. As circumstances dictate, he provides services directly or as a Senior Advisor at Dentons US LLP, a global law firm based in Washington, D.C.

Media Advocacy

Traditional advocacy for Indian nations and tribes relies heavily upon legal and political strategies.  However, enhanced advocacy strategies draw upon all available resources that aid in achieving the desired objective.  This includes reliance upon media, social networking, and public relations management to assist in achieving desired legal and political outcomes. Odawi Tribal Strategies partners with such firms as Eric Mower & Associates, a national media relations firm, to prepare custom-designed media management strategies in furtherance of legal and political advocacy efforts, and crisis management.