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Pete Heidepriem

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Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • American Indian Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Appeals
  • Criminal Law
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  • Chambers of Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota
  • Chambers of Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

Published Works

  • Indigenous Rights, Investor-State Disputes, and Canadian Law, S.D. L. Rev. (forthcoming)
  • Recalibrate Revocations of Supervised Release, 51 U. Balt. L. Rev. 329 (2022)
  • Tribal Remedies, Exhaustion, and State Courts, 44 Am. Indian L. Rev. 241 (2020)
    • Cited in the first ever Restatement of the Law of American Indians, section 59 of Chapter 4 on Tribal Economic Development
    • Chosen as one of the “Selected Law Review Articles” in the American Indian Law Deskbook 2021 Edition by the Conference of Western Attorneys General
    • Cited in an American Law Reports annotation on the tribal exhaustion doctrine requirement, 72 A.L.R. Fed. 3d Art. 2 (2022)
  • Fresh Fears of Deportation for Cubans in the U.S., 29 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 305 (2015)
  • The Tohono O’odham Nation and the United States-Mexico Border, 4 Am. Indian L.J. 107 (2015)


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2016
    • Honors: Dean's List, Moot court, Graduation commencement speaker, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
  • Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
    • International and comparative business law - 2015
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    • B.A. - 2013
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Philosophy and Political Science
  • London School of Economics, London
    • Economics and political theory - 2011

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 2016
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 2016
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Court, 2020
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2020
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, 2022
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2022

Past Positions

  • Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Appellate section intern
  • Chambers of Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judicial intern
  • South Dakota U.S. Attorney’s Office, Legal intern

Current Employment Position

  • Partner