Innovative Strategies That Nurture Tribal Resources

Kwe Law Firm PLLC was founded on the seven core Ojibwe values: wisdom, truth, respect, honesty, bravery, humility, and love. Leading with these principles, Kwe Law Firm, a boutique Indian law firm, serves tribes and their business entities, while working to strengthen the community. 

The owner of the firm, Shauna L. Coons, is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Shauna brings over 20 years of legal experience to the table, providing expertise in governance, real estate and business law issues for her tribal clients. 

It is this experience, expert knowledge and dedication to the best interests of the tribal community that make Kwe Law Firm the best choice to handle your legal affairs. Set up a consultation today to learn about how Kwe Law Firm can provide you with unparalleled service, and an advantageous result. 

A Note From Our Founder

My personal and professional values align closely with those of the tribes I serve. When tribes use lands in a beneficial way they are exercising their sovereignty. But, at the same time, they are planning for their community. This work creates a brighter future for their children, and simultaneously honors their ancestors. I bring these values of honoring our ancestors and families to my work. In my work, I consider what the tribe’s elders and ancestors would want us to achieve. I think about the impact our choices will make on the community, their grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. My goal is to engage in work that would make the tribe, their ancestors, and future generations proud of what we’ve accomplished and the way we’ve achieved our goals. This seven-generation approach is rooted in the values I was raised with.

My family has supported and served its communities for several generations and has committed to living as servant leaders.  We have always answered the call to serve, whether it has been through law enforcement, storytelling, working in BIA schools, serving on the LCO Tribal College Board of Regents, serving in elected and appointed positions in tribal government, and even coaching athletes at the Carlisle Indian Boarding School over a century ago.

These strong values guide my legal practice daily. They fuel my passion to restore tribal lands back to our communities, and they keep me motivated to continue supporting tribes in managing their lands in a way that honors the tribe and seven generations.  With this motivation we can make significant change needed to strengthen our communities for generations to come. This is Indian law with purpose.

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Recent Success Stories

Tribal Housing Home Loan Program Development

The Problem: Our client needed to create note, mortgage, leasehold mortgage, and lease documents for their tribal housing entity’s home loan program. The Challenge: The Tribe had a self-funded home loan program

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“This has been the home of the Ojibwa, from time immemorial.  He has learned to love this country for its wooded slopes and lakes and streams.  Here he has reared his children with loving care; here, by the camp fire, he has listened to the sacred traditions of his people.”

Michael Wolfe, LCO Member 1917

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