R. Daniel Carter practices in both litigation and transactional matters, with a particular focus on Federal Indian law & Native American law, renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, and regulatory compliance. Daniel has helped clients with matters that include governmental affairs, tribal‑federal relations, energy transactions, environmental litigation, Native American business transactions, business agreements and acquisitions, Indian gaming, tribal and individual Indian treaty rights, realty transactions disputes, disputes with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 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, a federally-recognized Indian tribe, 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 before agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Interior Board of Indian Appeals. His litigation matters include those of first-impression, most recently actions related to Federal Indian law & Native American law, tribal sovereign immunity, fee‑to‑trust acquisitions, Indian gaming, tort defense, and tribal and Indian treaty rights.
In the transactional area, Daniel has recently worked with clients in financing, mergers and acquisitions, tribal and Indian land realty transactions, contract formation, employee benefits, code drafting, federal contracting on behalf of Native American businesses, 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 Native American 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 related to Native American law. 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 Indian energy resources, water, tax, infrastructure, economic development, and other matters related to Native American law.
Outside of work, Daniel is an active leader in the community. He is currently on the board and 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, a federally-recognized Indian tribe, to serve on the Mvskoke Media Board, which oversees the tribe’s independent press, including mediums in newspaper, radio, and television. Daniel is a member of the Native American Bar Association and the Federal Indian Law section of the Federal Bar Association.
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, a federally-recognized Indian tribe.
Honors & Leadership
Community & Professional
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Indian Law Section
Native American Bar Association
Tulsa County Bar Association
- Tulsa Lawyers for Children June 2018 Newsletter, 06.12.2018
UCLA School of Law, J.D.
Oklahoma State University, B.S., summa cum laude, Business Administration, Economics and Legal Studies
- State of Oklahoma
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the Northen District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Court
- Cherokee Nation Tribal Court
- Quapaw Nation Tribal Court