Mr. Hughes joined the firm as a partner in September 1988, and started the firm’s Indian law practice. Previously, he spent eight years in legal services on the Navajo Reservation, and ten years in an Albuquerque firm specializing in representation of Indian tribes and groups.
His practice continues to focus on all areas of Indian law, including jurisdictional disputes, water law, natural resources, gaming, land recovery, transactions, and others.
Richard and the firm’s other partners were appointed Special Prosecutors by the Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice in October 2011 and directed to investigate allegations related to the use of tribal funds.
Publications: “Can the Trustee be Sued for Its Breach? The Sad Saga of United States v. Mitchell”, 26 S.Dak.L. Rev. 447 (1981); “Indian Law” (Survey of Recent Developments), 12 N.M.L. Rev. 409 (1982); “Indian Law” (Survey of Recent Developments), 18 N.M.L. Rev. 403 (1989)
Boos v. Yazzie, 6 Nav. R. 211, 17 Ind.L.R. 6115 (Nav.Sup.Ct.,1990)
Tracy v. Superior Court, 168 Ariz. 21, 810 P.2d 1030 (1991)
Navajo Nation v. MacDonald, Sr., 6 Nav.R. 463, 19 Ind.L.R. 6053 (Nav.Sup.Ct.1991)
Navajo Nation v. MacDonald, Jr., 7 Nav.R. 1, 19 Ind.L.R. 6079 (Nav.Sup.Ct.1992)
Forest County Potawatomi Community v. Doyle, 803 F. Supp. 1526 (W.D. Wis. 1992)
Forest County Potawatomi Community v. Norquist, 45 F.3d 1079 (7th Cir.1995)
Brown v. United States, 86 F.3d 1554 (Fed.Cir.1996)
Harvey v. Star, 96 F.3d 1453 (Table) (10th Cir. 1996)
Pueblo of Santa Ana v. United States, 214 F.3d 1338 (Fed.Cir. 2000)
Jepsen v. Vigil-Giron, 29 Indian L.Rep. 5105 (Bern.Co.Dist.Ct., N.M., Jan. 24, 2002)
Kennedy v. Hughes, 60 Fed. Appx. 734 (10th Cir. 2003)
Boyd & Ramona Lawson, 159 IBLA 184 (2003)
Picuris Pueblo v. Oglebay Norton Company, 228 F.R.D. 665 (D.N.M. 2005)
R & R Deli, Inc., v. Santa Ana Star Casino, 2006-NMCA-020, 139 N.M. 85, 128 P.3d 513
State v. Romero, 2006-NMSC-039, 142 P.3d 887, cert. denied, U.S. (2007)
Burrell v. Armijo, 603 F.3d 825 (10th Cir. 2010) Holding that Pueblo Governor who directed non-Indian lessee of tribal lands not to bale hay at night, due to complaints about noise, was acting within the scope of his authority as Governor, and was thus protected by Pueblo's sovereign immunity from suit brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 alleging that Governor deprived lessee of contract rights based on racial animus; reversing $1.347 millon federal jury verdict.
University of Virginia, B.A. 1967.
Yale Law School, LL.B. 1971
State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Colorado
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