Bartley Harris has diverse interests, but specializes in business and Indian economic development. Bartley works with the Firm on all aspects of Indian law, including business transactions, economic development, finance, commercial transactions, and business formations. Mr. Harris is Saulteaux-Cree from Peguis First Nation.
Bartley previously served a regional political body representing over 60 First Nations in Canada as Director of Business/Economic Development. Mr. Harris oversees the development of First Nation owned casinos in Manitoba as well as other development opportunities. Bartley was entrusted with this role from his service as writer and advisor to the Grand Chief, as a hand-picked member of the political staff.
Previously, Bartley gained extensive experience with First Nation Trusts. Bartley was recruited by Canada’s largest financial institution (ranked among the world’s best in performance and within the top ten banks in the USA based on assets) to work with their team which specializes in First Nation Trusts. Bartley is accredited as a Sr. Trust Officer by the institution and holds a license from the Canadian Institute of Bankers to negotiate the sale of investment funds. In addition, Mr. Harris has experience in the areas of personal and commercial lending.
Bartley is well suited for working on Indian law and economic development issues, as he has earned both a Juris Doctor from Arizona State University’s O’Connor College of Law and a Master of Business Administration from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. During business school, He received a Graduate Assistantship in Supply Chain Management while at the WP Carey School of Business. Bartley earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance splitting his time at Brigham Young University and the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.
During law school, Bartley clerked for an Arizona Indian tribe, an Indian legal assistance organization, and a law firm in Canada. At those clerkships, Bartley researched and analyzed legal positions for projects including commercial leases, rights of way, trespass, bankruptcy, taxation and civil matters. He also planned and implemented training sessions for advocates working in tribal courts on Indian reservations. Upon graduating law school, Bartley received the Indian Legal Certificate, which included coursework in Indian gaming, federal Indian law, Environmental law, Water law, business organizations and Indian legal writing. Bartley was also the recipient of the Hon. William C. Canby Scholarship in 2008, one of the Indian Legal Program’s highest honors.
After law school Bartley worked for a local Arizona Indian tribe as Tribal Court advocate and staff attorney. Bartley was responsible for handling the bulk of the office’s business and consumer related matters and shared state-side matters related to personal injury, family law and tribal jurisdiction.
Bartley serves on the Board of Governors of two non-profit organizations serving the interests of First Nations. Bartley has a wife and five children, members of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, Saskatchewan and enjoys travelling to and dancing at powwows across North America.