An enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Vanya Hogen has practiced Indian law for 20 years, representing tribal governments and their business partners. Vanya is an experienced litigator in federal, state, and tribal courts, and has successfully handled multi-million-dollar litigation and arbitration matters over key aspects of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Meanwhile, she maintains an active transactional practice, focusing primarily on Indian gaming and tribal financing.
Vanya won an important victory in the South Dakota Supreme Court that stopped South Dakota from imposing its motor-fuel taxes on Indian reservations in the state. And she has won both federal- and tribal-court victories in disputes over tribal rights to control reservation land use.
Vanya was named as “Lawyer of the Year” in Native American Law for Minneapolis in 2012, and has been named as a "Super Lawyer" in Minnesota ten times, as a “Best Lawyer” in Native American law in 2009-2014, and is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell. She is a frequent speaker at Indian-law seminars around the country. Vanya is also a judge for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Tribal Court.
Outside the office, Vanya has served on the boards of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, the Nature Conservancy (Minnesota, South Dakota, & North Dakota Chapter), and the University of St. Thomas Law School. Vanya has two children, Cora and Vincent. In addition to spending time with her kids, Vanya enjoys reading, playing piano, and going to movies. [Source: Hogen Adams]