Hon. James M. Rosenbaum (Ret.) served as a United States District Judge for 25 years. He had previously served 4 years as Minnesota’s United States Attorney.
While serving as U.S. Attorney, he was a founding member and Chair of the Department of Justice’s Indian Affairs Committee.
Under a special provision of Public Law 280, Minnesota has both State and Federal Indian Reservations. As a Judge he handled multiple cases involving issues in Indian country, ranging from treaty rights, tribal enrollment, and matters of comity between the State, Federal, and Tribal courts. He decided challenges to claims of State and Tribal rights to land under treaties. The Judge also dealt with hunting and fishing rights and questions of taxation or Compact agreements concerning Tribal payments to local and State authorities.
Since joining JAMS he has provided Independent Neutral Evaluations dealing with Federal/Tribal trusteeship questions and arbitrated matters under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).