Alan Stay is currently a member of the Office of the Tribal Attorney, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe where his primary responsibilities involve treaty rights, education, and Natural Resources. At Muckleshoot Alan was co-counsel in the litigation of the “Culvert” case, a sub-proceeding in United States v. Washington asserting the treaty right to habitat protection. At Muckleshoot he also participated in a successful challenge to the Seattle Habitat Conservation Plan involving the operation of the Cedar River Water Project, and in an action to enforce a settlement with Puget Sound Energy. Alan joined the Muckleshoot legal department in 1998.
Between 1983 and 1998 Alan was a member of the Office of Reservation Council for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. His main areas of interest were hunting and fishing rights, education, history and cultural resources. While at Colville Alan negotiated the first contract between a Tribe and BPA for a tribe to construct a tribal hatchery; litigated in various proceedings involving dams along the Columbia River and impacts on salmon; developed a template for providing state funds to Tribal schools now used throughout the state; and was co-counsel with respect to a claim by the Colville Tribe against the United States for impacts of Grand Coulee Dam.
Between 1974 and 1983 Alan served as a legal services attorney with Evergreen Legal Services representing 10 Indian Tribes eligible for legal services in the implementation of United States V. Washington, at both the trial and appellate level. During this period Alan was co-lead counsel in the first attempt by tribes to assert a treaty right to protect the fish habitat (Phase II).
Between 1973 and 1974 served as a legal services attorney serving Indian individuals and other eligible clients generally.
Upon graduating from law school in 1971 Alan received a Reginald Heber Smith Legal Services Fellowship to serve as a legal service attorney on the Navajo Nation at DNA legal services. His emphasis on Navajo was education law and discrimination in education against Indian children. He helped litigate one of the first Indian education cases, Natonabahv. Gallup McKinley County School District, representing individual Indian students in cases involving discrimination and helped Indian students develop a first school code for use at Fort Defiance Public School.
Alan attended the University of Washington receiving his JD in 1971 and his BA in 1969.