Legal Department

Presentation from Legal’s Access to Tribal Council General Council Meeting

Access to Tribal Government (PDF)

Mission Statement: The Port Gamble S’Klallam Legal Department helps the Tribe exercise its jurisdiction to the fullest extent possible. The Department aims to protect and strengthen the Tribe’s sovereignty over its land and resources and to help the Council and Tribal staff promote the health, safety and welfare of all members of the Tribe.

Services: Our services include: contract negotiation and review, assistance in land acquisition and the land-into-trust process, developing tribal law and policy, advocating for favorable federal laws and policies, and improving internal controls and administrative efficiency. The Legal Department works with every department and program within the Tribe and serves as the counsel to the Tribe in its dealings with tribal, federal, state, county and local governments as well as with corporations and non-profit entities that do business with or provide services to the Tribe.

Staff:

Name, Title, Contact Information Bio
   

Eric Eberhard, Tribal Business Attorney

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Eric D. Eberhard is a staff attorney for the Tribe and an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He began practicing federal Indian law in 1973, with employment in legal services on the Navajo, Hopi and White Mountain Apache reservations. He served as the Deputy Attorney General of the Navajo Nation and Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office from 1983 to 1987, and Staff Director and General Counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs from 1989 to 1995.

From 1995 to 2009 he was a Partner in the Indian Law Practice Group in the Seattle office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. His practice involved the representation of Indian tribes, tribal organizations and entities doing business with Indian tribes in federal, state and tribal judicial, legislative and administrative forums on matters that included: fee-to-trust transfers, water rights, leasing of land and natural resources, federal contracting, gaming, federal recognition, the formation of Tribal corporations, environmental law, administrative law, jurisdiction, the development of tribal law, self-governance, cultural resource protection and the federal trust responsibility. From 2009 to 2016 he was a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law.

Children and Family Services Attorney

Vacant Position

Steven Moe, Tribal Attorney

(360) 297-6242
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Steven began working for the PGST Legal Department in June 2009. His normal routine includes shoreline protection, land acquisition, tribal taxation, vendor contracts, personnel matters, and occasional tribal court litigation. He started learning treaty rights issues when he arrived in Little Boston, because his previous client was a non-treaty Northern California tribe. He and his wife Bess live near the Reservation in Cliffside. They like to spend time in any weather looking for treasure on local beaches with the dogs and their daughters, Claire and Alice. Steven races bicycles, rides snowboards with Claire, and has recently built several hifi audio systems from secondhand parts.

Rogina Steiner, Managing Attorney

(360) 297-6245
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Gina is an enrolled member of, and the Managing Attorney for, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. She has served this role since 2007. She oversees in-house attorneys, support staff and external counsel. She is a part of the executive team that reports directly to the Tribe’s elected officials and manages the Tribe’s legal department budget.

Gina is a published author, contributing to a chapter in The Strong People and the Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula – Who We Are. She has also published several articles in the Northwest Indian Bar Association newsletter.

Gina served on the board of Leadership Kitsap from 2017 until 2021. She is a Mediator-in-Training with Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center and is a Board of Trustee member for the Kitsap Regional Library. Her most significant accomplishment has been assisting the Tribe in placing approximately 500 acres of land into Trust Status with the Department of the Interior.

Gina is a proud wife, mom, grandmother and member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Canoe Family.

Natashe Streun, Legal Administrative Assistant

(360) 297-6229
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Natashe Streun (Tashe) is the tribe’s legal administrative assistant, also a proud enrolled Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal member. Her parents are Melissa & the late Jim Streun, and her grandparents are Lloyd & Betty Fulton. She is the mother of six children. Natashe has worked for the administration team for 11 years and has been a part of the legal team for the past six years. She has undertaken studies in Culture Sovereignty through Northwest Indian College and plans to continue with similar studies. Her favorite part of her job is helping and serving others. Tashe is her happiest when she has a houseful of kids with their friends and being at the ocean.

Julie Van Winkle, Legislative Attorney

(360) 297-6257
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Julie graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2020 where her studies focused on American Indian law and environmental law. Julie worked in Colorado Law’s American Indian Law Clinic from 2019 to 2020. After law school Julie clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah M. Smith in Anchorage, Alaska. Before law school, Julie worked for the U.S. Forest Service, first performing in-stream endangered species habitat monitoring in Washington, Idaho, and Montana and later as a wilderness kayak ranger in Ketchikan, Alaska. Julie and her wife Colleen enjoy spending time on the water sailing and whale watching and time on land exploring the Pacific Northwest with their dog Peach.

 

 

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