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Advanced Indian Law for Tribal Leaders


Back with new material, this popular class offers a comprehensive look at major court decisions and legislation affecting Indian Country. It includes a brief overview of Congress’ involvement in Indian law, the federal regulatory process and how laws are implemented. It provides a review of pending amendments and their implications for tribal government and economic development, including proposed amendments to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). We’ll also discuss tribal relationships with states for issues such as gaming, ICWA, jurisdiction and reciprocity agreements.

Important developments in jurisdiction, taxation and employment case law will be discussed. We’ll examine Colorado River Indian Tribes v. National Indian Gaming Commission (CRIT) and other important cases. You’ll also develop practical skills through case studies and exercises.

Join us. This exciting, three-day class provides an in-depth understanding of current Native American law issues.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
The Federal Courts
  • U.S. District Courts
  • Federal Circuit Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Impacts of federal court decisions on Indian Country
Tribal/State Relations
  • Jurisdiction
  • Gaming compacts
  • Reciprocity
Pending Federal Court Cases
  • CRIT and other key District Court decisions
  • Pending U.S. Circuit Court cases
  • Circuit Court cases to watch
  • Pending U.S. Supreme Court cases
Key Case Law and Its Impact on Tribal Governments
  • Law enforcement and jurisdiction
  • Gaming and economic development
  • Sovereignty
Employment Law
  • Indian preference
  • Labor relations
  • Unions
Sovereign Immunity
  • For tribal leaders and council members
  • For executives
  • For off-reservation tribal activities
  • Contract law
Developments in Tribal Jurisdiction
  • Plains Commerce v. Long
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Gaming Law
  • Jurisdiction in P.L. 280 states
  • Future of Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS)
  • Current bills proposed to amend IGRA
  • Trends in off-reservation acquisition of gaming land
  • NIGC regulation of Class II and Class III gaming
Significant Indian Country Legislation
  • Law enforcement and jurisdiction
  • Gaming and economic development
  • Sovereignty
  • Self-determination contracting
  • Legislative fixes for court decisions
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