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John began his work in Indian Country in 1973 with the United States Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor. In that capacity, he advised and represented the Department with respect to Indian treaty rights and land claims questions throughout the Midwest. After ten years with the Office of the Solicitor, he entered private practice in 1983, founding the firm that became Jacobson, Buffalo, Magnuson, Anderson & Hogen, P.C.
Since that time, John has devoted his career to representing Indian tribes, tribal entities, and persons having an interest in Indian-law matters. He directed litigation and conducted negotiations that led to the development of Indian gaming in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Louisiana; he represented the only Indian tribal government that, following the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, obtained Federal approval to operate gaming away from its reservation in a metropolitan area.
John has extensive experience in on- and off-reservation financing. He served as principal adviser on Indian legal matters to publicly-held corporations extensively involved in Indian gaming, and as counsel to banks and institutions engaged in participating in financing development in Indian Country. In 1995, he served as special counsel to the underwriters of the first publicly traded bond issue by an Indian Tribe in the United States — the financing, by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, of the Mohegan Sun Casino.
John also has represented tribes and tribal entities in litigation; among his cases are:
- Teague v. Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, 655 N.W. 2d 899 (Wis. 2003)
- Teague v. Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, 612 N.W. 2d 709 (Wis. 2000)
- Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community v. City of Prior Lake, Minn., 771 F.2d 1153 (C.A.8 (Minn.) 1985)
- Lower Sioux Indian Community in Minnesota v. State of Minnesota, NO. 4-89-936 (D. Minn. 1991)
- Klammer v. Lower Sioux Convenience Store, 535 N.W. 2d 379 (Minn. App. 1995)