Scott’s practice focuses on tribal sovereignty issues, including land and environmental issues, economic development matters, and complex Indian Country litigation. Scott’s broad, multi-state litigation experience includes representing tribal governments and enterprises in tribal, state and federal courts in matters involving gaming, taxation, jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, Treaty fishing rights, natural resource protection, land use, federal recognition, ancient land claims, commercial agreements, and PL 638 contracts. Scott provides legal services through his offices, Scott Wheat Attorney At Law, and is an independent attorney who associates with the firm on a case-by-case basis.
Scott has served tribal governments in various capacities, including as general counsel, in-house associate counsel, and special gaming counsel. He has negotiated Class III gaming compacts, federal Secretarial procedures in lieu of compacts, and state/tribal cigarette, tobacco and fuel taxation agreements. Scott has substantial experience representing tribes throughout the West in all areas of tobacco commerce. He is also a leading practitioner in the area of after-acquired Indian lands for gaming, under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Scott currently serves as General Counsel and Special Gaming Counsel for the Spokane Tribe. Prior to associating with Galanda Broadman as Of Counsel, Scott was an attorney for Crowell Law Offices from 2007-2013, where he focused on complex litigation on behalf of tribes. Scott has also served as in-house counsel for the Office of the Spokane Tribal Attorney (2005-2007) and for the Office of the Suquamish Tribal Attorney (1996-2002). Over the course of his career, he has also served tribes as a tribal prosecutor, public defender, judge, or appellate justice.
Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Rincon Reservation v. Schwarzenegger (9th Cir. 2010), cert. denied (2011) (held California State Governor to have negotiated in bad faith under IGRA)
Rincon Mushroom Farm of America, Inc. v. Mazzetti (9th Cir. 2012) (dismissed claims by a non-Indian owner of reservation fee lands against officials of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, on Montana second exception-tribal exhaustion grounds)
U.S. v. Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (9th Cir. 2000) (represented the Suquamish Tribe in usual and accustomed fishing areas dispute)
Knox v. U.S. Department of the Interior (D. Idaho 2012) (defended Interior’s approval of Class III Gaming Compact on behalf of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes)
Rogers-Dial v. Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians (S.D. Cal. 2011) (obtained dismissal for failure of non-Indian plaintiff to exhaust tribal court remedies)
Spokane Tribe of Indians v. Luce (E.D. Wash 2007) (obtained Consent Decree from the Court whereby the Tribe receives 75% of the state fuel tax for all fuel purchased from tribal fuel retailers)
MM&A Productions v. Yavapai-Apache Nation (Ariz. Ct. App. 2012) (dismissed non-Indian company’s multimillion-dollar breach of contract claims against the tribe and casino)
Washington State Bar Association
State of Washington
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Spokane Tribal Court
Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court
Suquamish Tribal Court
Southern California Intertribal Court
Seattle University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
The Evergreen State College (Liberal Arts Degree, History, Political Science, Economics)
Speaker, Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, Seattle, WA, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Presenter, Comparison Between the “Brown Compacts” and the 1999 Compacts, Western Indian Gaming Conference, 2012.
Presenter, Tobacco Tax Agreements between States and Indian Tribes, Western Indian Gaming Conference, 2011.
Presenter, Implications of Rincon v. Schwarzenegger for Tribal Tax Planners, National Intertribal Tax Alliance, 13th Annual Conference, 2011.