Loretta Tuell

Loretta Tuell


Loretta A. Tuell is the Managing Principal at Tuell Law, P.C. Tuell is an attorney, former senior government manager, and legislative advisor. She brings years of substantial experience in developing, drafting and and analyzing legislative language, statutes and reports at the tribal, state and federal levels.

In the field of Indian Affairs and government relations, she provides legal services, strategic planning and public policy advice on a myriad of governmental regulatory, legislative and institutional matters, such as the gaming industry, land use and development, and economic growth and impacts.

In the private legal sector, Tuell was most recently a Shareholder at the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P. Her public service includes serving as the Majority Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Chairman, Senator
Daniel K. Akaka and formerly served as Staff Counsel to Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Loretta has held several senior positions at the Department of Interior and was appointed by President Clinton to be the Director of the Office of American Indian Trust. In 2009, Loretta was recognized as one of five women—and the first American Indian woman in history—to receive the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and Washington State University. Tuell is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia.

Tuell serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA), and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the national non-profit serving Native youth development – the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization. She formerly served for six years on the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Tuell is a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe and grew up on the reservation in Lapwai, Idaho.