Colin Cloud Hampson

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Colin Cloud Hampson

Colin Cloud Hampson (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the White Earth Band of Chippewa) joined the Sonosky Law Firm in 1994, established the San Diego office in 1999, and became a partner in 2002. Mr Hampson represents tribes and tribal organizations on a wide range of Indian law matters including gaming, commercial and economic development matters, gaming regulation, energy, water, construction, jurisdiction, recognition, legislative issues, environmental law, health care, tax, Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, employment, election, administrative law and general counsel matters.

Mr. Hampson has represented tribes and tribal organizations in litigation in federal, tribal and state court as well as before federal agencies. He has represented tribes in litigation involving water rights, jurisdictional disputes, tribal sovereignty and self-determination issues. In commercial matters, he has reviewed and negotiated agreements related to the financing, development and construction of new or expansions of tribal casinos and other facilities, operation of federal programs under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, professional services, gaming machine leases, and real estate transactions involving trust and fee lands. Mr. Hampson has drafted organic documents for tribal and Indian-owned entities for business enterprises and a tribal permanent fund trust. He has reviewed and advised on proposals for business opportunities and assisted with due diligence of proposed business partners, including proposals for casino development, wind energy, media programming, and pharmacy sales. Mr. Hampson has also advised tribal clients on a range of tax issues in economic development and other circumstances. He has represented tribal health departments and organizations on a range of health care issues. [1]


  • Stanford Law School, with distinction, J.D., 1994
  • Stanford University, M.A. in International Policy Studies and a B.A. in American History, 1991[2]

March on Sacramento

Along with Andrew Wong, Steven Phillips was a principal organizer of the April 1987 March on Sacramento that drew 8,000 people to Sacramento to support expanded educational opportunities for students of color. The March on Sacramento was the largest post-Vietnam rally in the State Capitol.[3]

Other key organizers, all friends of Phillips included Julie Martinez, Colin Cloud Hampson, Lisa Le and David Brown.[4]

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Colin Hampson, Stanford American Indian Organization. .