Legal Department

SWO LEGAL DEAPARTMENT

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Legal Department (“Legal Department”) is dedicated to providing quality central government legal services with integrity, professionalism, ethical responsibility and respect for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, a sovereign and federally recognized treaty tribe (“Tribe”). Our advocacy is predicated on the notion that what we do in the present is to preserve and enhance for the next several generations. Our service is accomplished through an understanding of the legal aspects of the Tribe and its unique government-to-government relationship to other sovereigns, as well as serving in our capacity with respect and understanding of the history and culture of the Tribe for which we represent.

Our Dedicated Staff:

Shaun Eastman, Esq.
Sisitunwan Wahpetunwan Wakiya Winyan
ShaunE@swo-nsn.gov

Ms. Eastman is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and Buffalo Lake District. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of South Dakota School of Law. She is licensed to practice in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court and the State and Federal Courts of South Dakota. Ms. Eastman has been with the SWO Legal Department since September of 2008.
Megan LaFromboise, J.D.
Sisitunwan Wahpetunwan Wakiya Winyan
MeganL@swo-nsn.gov

Ms. LaFromboise is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and the Heipa District. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is licensed to practice in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court. Ms. LaFromboise has been with the SWO Legal Department since August of 2013
Sharon Nerison
SWO Legal Assistant
SharonN@swo-nsn.gov

Mrs. Nerison is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and the Lake Traverse District. She started her career as a nurse and spent several years in the field. Mrs. Nerison lived in California while her husband served the military. Upon return to the Lake Traverse Reservation Mrs. Nerison began her work for tribal government in several areas. She has been wit the SWO Legal Department since December of 2003.
Debra Flute
SWO Attorney
DebraF@swo-nsn.gov

 

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