Indian Country & Regulatory Affairs

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Business transactions, regulatory compliance and jurisdiction disputes arising in Indian country – with its many tribal regulatory, federal Indian law and policy aspects – constitutes a uniquely complex and challenging legal landscape. To serve our clients with business opportunities in this growing service sector, Gray Plant Mooty offers the services of several of the most nationally prominent attorneys with experience in the Indian country market.

Our Indian Country & Regulatory Affairs practice team is at the forefront in helping tribes transform the Indian country marketplace and diversify their tribal economies by partnering with private sector companies in forming new enterprises that meet the need of the exploding market for goods and services in Indian country today. This pursuit may require legal assistance before federal courts and administrative agencies. At other times it requires governmental affairs support before Congress and the various federal agencies having authority over matters affecting Indian people.

Our services extend beyond traditional Indian law practices, and our practice team members are considered leaders in the development of the “New Tribal Economy” and the Indian law field. Lead by Kevin Quigley and Tom Foley, both recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in America for many years as leaders in the field of Native American Law, our practice team members have gained the trust of tribal governments and commercial clients nationwide, and earned an exceptional standing with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the U.S. Justice Department and the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). We have counseled tribal clients and commercial businesses on the tremendous advantages offered to Indian owned/private partnership enterprises through various federal, state and private contracting and tax preferences, and consulted with tribal clients and others interested in leveraging the unique economic opportunities available under federal HUBZone and §8(a) programs.

Services in this practice area include advising tribal clients, utilities & power line companies, financial institutions and lenders, and companies with transactions in Indian country in matters concerning BIA realty and Indian land issues, civil & regulatory jurisdiction issues, tribal financing deals such as bank loans and bond offerings, tribal governance & constitutional reform, Indian gaming, environmental regulations & NEPA compliance, utilities/power line right-of-way and tribal employment rights ordinances, state & tribal taxation disputes and litigation, sovereign immunity waivers and business transactions, economic development initiatives, and contract/business disputes and litigation.

With the talents and experience of our team members, GPM is now considered one of the premier providers of quality legal services to tribal governments and businesses operating in Indian country throughout the United States. Please contact us for assistance with understanding the ever changing Indian law & policy landscape.

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