Wayne Shammel has an unparalleled background in the Tribal arena. His skill set leverages his status as an enrolled citizen of the Flathead Indian Reservation and Dartmouth/Harvard (JD) educations to include legal, financial, operations, development, and government expertise.
The roots of Wayne’s encyclopedic knowledge of Tribal law are found both as a perpetual student and active policy maker and law practitioner. He has drafted/lobbied on 7 federal statutes related to tribal clients, testified before the US Congress 5 times, argued appeals in the 9th and 10th Circuit federal appeals courts, and has taken federal cases to trial or resolution in several states. He has drafted and shepherded multiple Gaming Compacts through the approval process and has been chief counsel in establishing and supporting several tribal Gaming Commissions. Wayne also served as General Counsel for the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Tribe for 18 years.
On the financial side of tribal business, Wayne has participated in securing over $2B in financing including private lender, commercial and investment banks, taxable and tax-exempt bond and private/public equity offerings. He has been principal counsel on $600M in Indian country transactions including casinos, hotels, convention centers, factories, dams, energy and water facilities, ranches, mines, and hospitals.