Steven C. Moore
Prior to Steve joining the Native American Rights Fund in 1983 as a staff attorney, he represented tribes and individual Indians in northern Idaho, and also represented the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. As a NARF staff attorney, Steve has represented Indian tribes in complex litigation involving treaty fishing rights and implied federal Indian reserved water rights. Since 1995, he has represented the Nez Perce Tribe in the Snake River Basin Adjudication in Idaho. A major settlement of the Nez Perce water rights was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2004. That settlement is now in a multi-year implementation phase. He currently also represents the Tule River Tribe of California in its water rights settlement, and the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas in water litigation and settlement negotiations. His other work at NARF includes the protection of sacred lands, the repatriation of human remains and the protection of unmarked Native graves, the religious use of peyote by members of the Native American Church, and the religious rights of Native prisoners. He is admitted to practice law in several federal and state courts, courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He also serves as a member of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, and is currently the co-chair of the Advisory Committee to the Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado School of Law. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. He is a co-author with K. Heidi Gudgell and Geoffrey Whiting of "The Nez Perce Tribe's Perspective on the Settlement of Its Water Right Claims in the Snake River Basin Adjudication," 42 Idaho Law Review 563 (2006).