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Indian Law Practice General
For over 25 years, Dorsey & Whitney has provided services nationwide to Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and to clients doing business with those governments. Attorneys in Dorsey’s Indian Law Practice Group include tribal and non-tribal members representing Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, their commercial entities, and lenders, developers and others doing business with tribes on issues of economic diversification, financing (both taxable and tax-exempt), project development, taxation, litigation, environmental affairs, and regulatory compliance.
Representative Indian Law Work
Representative work includes: gaming and economic development financing; governmental and tax-exempt financing; Federal, state and tribal tax advice planning and compliance; litigation in federal, state and tribal courts; arbitration and mediation; business structuring and diversification, contract negotiation; Federal recognition; employment, retirement plans and fringe benefits; labor organization and employment issues; land acquisition, land use regulation and fee-to-trust transfers; gaming development and regulation; governmental matters and social services; Alaska native matters; intergovernmental relations; and environmental matters and cultural resources. The Indian Law Practice Group attorneys are also active in a wide range of inter-tribal organizations and are frequent speakers at inter-tribal conferences, tribal economic development conferences and continuing legal education and similar conferences on the subjects of current matters facing Indian country. Representative work also includes representation of an Indian tribe in litigation against the Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs for underpayment of contract support costs under Indian Self-Determination and Assistance Act (ISDA) contracts.