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For 20 years, Mr. Anderson advised and represented the United States Department of the Interior at the Office of the Solicitor in Minnesota. Mark is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and has acquired a national reputation for his work in the areas of Indian tribal authority and rights, natural resources protection and development, and land tenure in Indian Country.
While in the Office of the Solicitor, Mark gained substantial experience in advising the agency on Indian land-claims issues and tribal rights. Mr. Anderson joined the Firm in 1994 and since that time has advised Indian tribes and non-tribal entities on issues involving the development and financing of Indian tribal institutions, both governmental and commercial.
Mark also has extensive experience advising tribal business on a daily basis regarding management and personnel issues. He has been the principal advisor to a tribal enterprise client that has realized asset growth of over $25 million over a six-year period and has negotiated contracts for financing, construction, infrastructure, and provision of services to the enterprise and tribe. He has further represented tribal employers in administrative and judicial proceedings involving grievances and complaints arising under tribal and federal law, represented tribal employees in grievances and Merit Systems Protection Board matters arising under federal law, and has served as a hearing officer in tribal administrative processes covering appeals from disciplinary actions.
Mr. Anderson also has counseled tribal employers in the development of comprehensive employee handbooks and personnel policies and has advised tribal human resources personnel on the administration of employee benefit plans, and has addressed FLSA, OSHA and ERISA issues arising under tribal benefit plans.
Mr. Anderson is a frequent lecturer on Indian law and natural resource issues throughout the United States.