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Native Lobbying Firm Spirit Rock Consulting Adds Two Partners

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A Washington D.C.-area consulting firm that specializes in federal Indian law and policy has named two political veterans as partners. Its new partnership with Holly Cook Macarro and Larry Rosenthal makes Spirit Rock Consulting the largest Indian-owned lobbying firm in the country.

Spirit Rock Consulting is owned and operated by President Aurene Martin, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and attorney. She advocates for tribes on federal law and policy issues, specializing in the areas of tribal land acquisition, tribal gaming and general tribal government issues.

“Holly and Larry have both been tireless advocates for Indian people. I have worked with them for many years and their experiences in Indian country and in Washington has led to tremendous success for their clients and Indian country as a whole,” Martin said.

Holly Cook Macarro, a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians, began her career working in the White House Office Intergovernmental Affairs in the Clinton White House and served as the Director of the Office of Native American Affairs at the Democratic National Committee.

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“I look forward to continuing to advance the interests of our clients at Spirit Rock and ensuring the voices of Indian country are heard in Washington, D.C.,” Macarro said. “Indian country has always been bi-partisan and our new partnership at Spirit Rock only strengthens that tradition.”

Larry Rosenthal previously worked for Congressman Dale Kildee (D-Michigan) where he was instrumental in establishing the Congressional Native American Caucus. Rosenthal later served as Chief of Staff of the National Indian Gaming Commission. “I am very honored to continue my work in Indian Country with two of the most committed advocates I have known in my 30 years in Washington,” Rosenthal said. “Aurene and Holly have set the standard for working on behalf of Indian people and I look forward to continuing that excellence with our new partnership.”

The team at the Alexandria, Virginia-based Spirit Rock has extensive experience in successfully providing advocacy services to Tribal clients on a wide range of Indian law and policy issues with positive results. Martin has worked on Federal Indian law and policy since 1993, and has experience as an in-house tribal attorney, as Senior Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and as the Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs at the Department of Interior under President George W. Bush.