Atty Andrew Reid


Andrew Reid is an attorney and adjunct professor of environmental studies and resources
at University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He presently serves as legal counsel for:

   --  the Oglala Lakota Nation (2014 to present) regarding litigation over in situ uranium
mining involving issues of indigenous peoples and environmental human rights, indigenous
land rights, water, and environmental contamination.

   -- Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (2013 to present) in its environmental justice litigation
regarding the relicensing of the Indian Point nuclear power facility near New York City.

Other clients include:

   Governmental organizations: United Sioux Tribes; Sokaogon (Mole Lake) Band of the
Chippewa Tribe (WI); Provo Township (SD); Park View Terrace Water Users Ass’n (NE).

   Businesses: Nature’s Garden (CO); Colorado National Bancorp (CO); Platt College (CO);
Nature’s Garden, Inc. (CO); Hatch Wellness Center, LLC (CO); Piece of Heaven Funeral Home
(CO); TMJ Implants, Inc. (CO); CAVITAT Medical Technologies, Inc.(TX); American Honey
Corporation (NE); Moccasin Springs Resort, Inc. (SD); FeedPro, Inc. (NE); Pine Ridge Country
Products (NE); The Crawford Balloon Company (NE); Roadmasters, Inc. (NE); New Horizons,
Inc.(NE); People for Solar Energy (SD); The Brandt Foundation (SD).

   Public interest organizations: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. (NY); Enca Farms (WA
and Philippines); Buffalo Council, Ft. Lewis College (CO); Patient and Caregiver Rights
Litigation Fund (CO); Made in the USA Foundation, Inc. (DC); R-CALF USA (MT); American
Canine Foundation (WA); South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SD); Independent
Cattlemen of Wyoming (WY);  Cattle Producers of Washington (WA); Fujimai Wetlands
Association (Japan); Rural Coalition (DC & NV); Downwinders, Inc. (UT); Western Solidarity
(CO); Tri-State MX Coalition, Inc. (WY); Friends of the Earth (DC); SANE (DC); Black Hills
Alliance (SD); Nebraskans for Peace (NE); Cowboy and Indian Alliance (SD); RAMA/Citizen’s
Alert (NV); Western Nebraska Resources Council (NE); Nebraskans for the Right to Vote (NE);
Seminole Nation Treaty Council (OK); McAlester Brothers Defense Committee (OK).


He holds an LLM from the University of Denver School of Law and a J.D. from the University
of Oklahoma School of Law.

Andry has been an activist most of his life. As a teen in the mid-1960s he participated in
open housing marches and anti-Vietnam War activities. He obtained degrees in Sociology
(high honors) and Liberal Studies and law from the University of Oklahoma. As a law student,
he organized the legal defenses of prison reform and Native American activists. As a
second-year law student in 1976, he interned with a small legal collective on the Menominee
Indian Reservation in Wisconsin during the “reign of terror” and stayed on after finishing
his last year the University of Wisconsin School of Law.

In 1978, a unique coalition of Native American, ranch, environmental, and peace activists in
South Dakota, called the Black Hills Alliance, recruited Mr. Reid as staff counsel to
challenge, successfully, the planned wholesale mining of the Black Hills for uranium by a
consortium of multinational energy corporations. This was one of the early “environmental
justice / environmental racism” controversies. During the 1980s, he represented numerous
citizen’s groups on a wide range of front line environmental issues, including some of the
first litigation under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. He also went to bat for many small
family farmers and ranchers during the Family Farm crisis, never losing a farm or ranch.

Mr. Reid joined an intentional community collectively homesteading an organic farm in the
Nebraska panhandle. While living in a teepee and then a passive solar cordwood home, and
with his solar powered typewriter, he brought a successful challenge to the deployment of
the MX nuclear weapons system, the most destructive ever proposed, in Nebraska,
Wyoming, and Colorado. The litigation established precedent requiring full NEPA compliance
by the military despite issues of national security and classified documents. He later
represented a citizens’ organization in its challenge to the restarting of the US Army’s
biological and chemical research program at the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah.

His trial and appellate practice have resulted in over 40 published decisions setting legal
precedent in many areas of law. His litigation has been covered in numerous national
magazines and books, including law school text books.
RE Above:
"On the day after the World People's Conference, I was staying with
some friends outside of Tiquipaya, Bolivia, and waking up to get ready to
leave when I heard what sounded like a Mariachi band playing in the
distance.  I walked outside and looked up the mountainside in the
direction of the noise and saw a bunch of white and green dots all over
the mountainside - with a line of white dots moving up the road.  We got
some binoculars and saw that it was the Bolivian armada and army and
the band was the armada band.  We also saw hundreds of indigenous
people from the community heading up the mountain carrying picks and
shovels.  So, my environmental activist friend from Mexico (he's in the
other photo with me in front of the Conference mural) and I grabbed a
pick and shovel and followed.

When we got there, we saw that it was an annual festival sponsored by
the Bolivian government to re-forest the mountains with indigenous
trees (including coca trees) - the military was called out to dig holes all
up and down the mountainside and carry water to the planting sites, the
government brought in the saplings and handed them out the people,
and the people then carried them to each hole and planted them with
the assistance of the military.  When I hiked up the hillside to plant my
trees, I noticed that there were many trees several years older attesting
to the fact that President Morales had been supporting this
reforestation project for years, essentially since the beginning of his
administration.  The government then held the people's celebration -
following an indigenous blessing - with music and food and a speech by
President Morales.

I was totally blown away at what President Morales was using his
military to do.  At the Conference itself, each branch of the military had a
booth with handouts and photos of the work they were doing - on order
from President Morales - to restore the environment instead of
destroying it... cleaning up toxic waste sites, preserving endangered
turtles, etc.  A real life example of swords into plowshares, or shovels
and picks.  One can only imagine what the world would look like if we
used the US military for this instead of spreading imperial might by
fighting wars.
Andrew Reid (center) with two other "seasoned" global activists are
from the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the
Rights of Mother Earth in Tiquipaya (Cochabama), Bolivia in 2010.
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