Our Team

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Robert Odawi Porter

Enrolled citizen of the Seneca Nation of Indians

Heron Clan

Allegany Territory


D. Harvard Law School (1989)

B. Syracuse University in Political Science and Economics (1986)

Tribal Government Experience

President and Chief Executive Officer, Seneca Nation of Indians (2010-2012)

Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Seneca Nation of Indians (2004-2010)

Attorney General, Seneca Nation of Indians (1991-1995)

Academic Experience

Professor of Law, Syracuse University (2003-2010)

Founding Director, Center for Indigenous Law, Governance and Citizenship

Professor of Law, University of Iowa (2002-2003)

Professor of Law, University of Kansas (1995-2002)

Author of 20 scholarly articles on American Indian Law & Policy

Author of Sovereignty, Colonialism & the Indigenous Nations: A Reader (2005)

Business Experience

Founding Chairman, Seneca Holdings LLC (2009-2013)

Legal Experience

Senior Counsel, Dentons US LLP (2013 – present)

Associate, Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin (1989-1991)


Strategic Partners

As client needs require, Odawi Tribal Strategies is able to draw upon a national network of distinguished individuals and firms with experience working in Indian Country. Following the initial consultation, we will develop a services proposal for client consideration. This business approach ensures that client needs and objectives are achieved in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.