San Diego Business Wire
November 4, 2010 (San Diego)--Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians announced that its in-house legal team has received recognition for outstanding representation of the Viejas tribal government and its business interests.
Kimberly R. Mettler, general counsel for the Viejas Office of Legal Affairs, is featured in an article appearing in the November issue of Inside Counsel Magazine, describing the important distinction of providing legal counsel to a sovereign nation versus a corporate or other entity. The article profiling Ms. Mettler can be found at: http://bit.ly/KMettler.
Additionally, Ms. Mettler, a trained mediator, has recently been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Conflict Resolution Center.
In another honor for the Viejas legal team, Tuari Bigknife, deputy general counsel with the Viejas Office of Legal Affairs and chief legal officer of Viejas Enterprises, has been named one of San Diego’s top in-house corporate counsels of 2010. The San Diego Daily Transcript honors the top in-house corporate counsel annually, along with the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The top corporate counsel honorees are selected by an independent judging panel. For more information on Mr. Bigknife’s recognition, visit: http://bit.ly/TBigknife.
Viejas Tribal Chairman Bobby L. Barrett said, “We are very proud of Kim and Tuari. Our tribal community has been honored by their hard work, professionalism and commitment to preserving tribal sovereignty, and we are pleased to see them receive this well-deserved professional recognition.”
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is a sovereign Nation whose people have inhabited the San Diego County area for thousands of years. The 1,600 acre Viejas Indian Reservation is located near Alpine, California, approximately 35 miles east of San Diego. For more information on the history and current government of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians visit www.viejasbandofkumeyaay.org.