||Wilson K. Pipestem
Wilson Pipestem is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Ietan Consulting. Pipestemís professional career has been dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Indians and tribes.
He has assisted tribal clients with expanding and strengthening their sovereign rights through federal actions that have returned former tribal lands to the tribal land base, given tribes more flexibility to exercise tribal authority on their lands and adjacent federal lands, and directly reaffirmed core sovereign rights.
The reaffirmation of Osage sovereign rights through federal legislation after federal court decisions questioned the continuing existence of those rights has only been accomplished in one other instance, the Duro fix legislation following the Supreme Courtís decision in Duro v. Reina involving tribal criminal jurisdiction.
Pipestem formerly practiced law at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP, a law firm based in Washington, D.C. There he established a practice advising and representing tribal clients on a broad range of issues. He joined Wheat & Associates as a Senior Vice President in 1999 and helped develop the firmís tribal practice before founding Ietan Consulting in 2001.
Pipestem is a frequent speaker on developments in federal law and policy and has taught Federal Indian Law as a Lecturer at Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and as an Adjunct Professor at Washington College of Law at American University.
He serves as Chair of the Notah Begay III Foundation and is a member of the Board of the Nike N7 Fund and the Close Up Foundation, not-for-profit organizations that provide opportunities for Native youth.
A graduate of Stanford Law School and Oklahoma State University, Pipestem is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and an Osage headright holder. He and his wife Brenda have four children.