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Posted by Donna M. Connolly | Mar 23, 2021

Rothstein Donatelli congratulates partner Richard W. Hughes, who has been named the 2020 recipient of the New Mexico State Bar Indian Law Section Attorney Achievement Award in recognition of his achievements in Indian law and his many contributions to the community.  Richard has practiced federal Indian law for more than 40 years, litigating numerous high-impact cases, more than twenty of which resulted in reported opinions. He was also extensively involved in developing the Compact Negotiation Act, NMSA §§ 11-13A-1, et seq., which created a procedure by which tribes in New Mexico could negotiate a gaming compact with the Governor's office, that would then be submitted to the legislature for approval.  The Compact Negotiation Act in 1999, and all compacts and compact amendments approved since then have been approved under the terms of the Act.  Richard has also given presentations at numerous CLE programs and written articles on various Indian law topics.  Most noteworthy, he co-authored a book, with land grant historian Malcolm Ebright and Rick Hendricks (former New Mexico State Historian, now State Records Administrator), entitled FOUR SQUARE LEAGUES: PUEBLO INDIAN LAND IN NEW MEXICO, which was published by UNM Press in 2014.  The book contains several case studies of Pueblo land disputes, both in the Spanish and Mexican periods and since, and chapters providing a history of the treatment of Pueblo lands by the Spanish, Mexican and American governments.  The book won the 2015 Fray Francisco Atanasio Dominguez Award, presented by the Historical Society of New Mexico.  We are proud of, and inspired by, Richard's many achievements.

State Bar of NM 2020 Awards.pdf
Indian Law Attorney Achievement Award - Richard Hughes

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