12/22/2010 First Person Radio


Larry Leventhal is engaged in the private practice of law in the Twin Cities. He has represented Tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma and other states in issues ranging from tribal government operations, gaming, business development, environmental issues, and litigation. He currently serves as legal counsel to several American Indian Tribes. Leventhal served a leading role during negotiations of Tribal/State Class III Gaming Compacts in North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Several years ago, Larry secured a verdict against the City of Minneapolis in favor of two American Indians who were thrown into the trunk of a police squad car and transported by city police.

Among his more notable criminal cases, Leventhal was part of the defense team representing Dennis Banks and Russell Means on numerous charges arising out of the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee. After nine months of trial, the matter was dismissed because of government misconduct.
He served as project director in a federally-funded program of Indian Law seminars at colleges nationwide directed to educators of American Indian Students. He frequently speaks on Indian Law issues at legal education programs for attorneys.

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December 22, 2010

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