R. Daniel Carter practices in both litigation and transactional matters, with a particular focus on Native American law, renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, and regulatory compliance. Daniel has helped clients with matters that include tribal governmental affairs, tribal‑federal relations, energy transactions, environmental litigation, business agreements and acquisitions, Indian gaming, tribal treaty rights, realty transactions and disputes, breach‑of‑trust litigation, tribal code drafting, fee‑to‑trust acquisitions, and tribe’s rights as sovereign nations, among many other things. He also currently serves as the Attorney General for the Sac and Fox Nation, which includes work related to criminal and juvenile matters.
Daniel’s litigation experience includes work in federal, state, tribal and appellate courts, as well as administrative appeals. His litigation matters include those of first-impression, most recently actions related to tribal sovereign immunity, fee‑to‑trust acquisitions, Indian gaming, tort defense, and treaty rights.
In the transactional area, Daniel has recently worked with clients in financing, mergers and acquisitions, realty transactions, contract formation, employee benefits, code drafting, federal contracting, intergovernmental agreements, and many other business and governmental matters. He has recently assisted with innovative economic development projects, including those related to renewable energy projects and sovereign lending enterprises.
With prior experience working as a counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Daniel offers a unique understanding of the federal legislation, processes, and policies. He worked for the Senate Committee of Indian Affairs during the passage of landmark federal legislation, including the HEARTH Act of 2012 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. He also worked extensively on legislation related to tribal energy resources, water, tax, infrastructure, and economic development.
Outside of work, Daniel is an active leader in the community. He is currently a volunteer for Tulsa Lawyers for Children, where he represents abused and neglected children in domestic disputes. Daniel was also recently appointed and unanimously confirmed by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to serve on the Mvskoke Media Board, which oversees the Nation’s independent press, including mediums in newspaper, radio, and television. Daniel’s past activities include work for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Homeless Prevention Clinic, Elementary Reading Buddies, Iron Gate of Tulsa, the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the Scott Carter Foundation.
Daniel received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law and graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Economic and Legal Studies. His bar admissions include: Supreme Court of Oklahoma; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma; Muscogee (Creek) Nation District and Supreme Court; Sac and Fox Nation District and Supreme Court; and Quapaw Tribal Court.
Daniel grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the heart of the Osage Indian Reservation, and is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Honors & Leadership
Community & Professional
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Native American Bar Association
Tulsa County Bar Association
UCLA School of Law, J.D.
Oklahoma State University, B.S., summa cum laude, Business Administration, Economics and Legal Studies
- Oklahoma – 2011