Doing Business in Indian Country

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Course Description

This program was recorded on June 24, 2020

This course will begin with a brief survey of the nature of the areas of the United States known as “Indian country” and the tribes that govern those areas, followed by a discussion of the overlapping authorities of the federal, state, tribal governments in Indian country. Next, the course will address areas of specific interest to those doing business in Indian country and with Indian tribes outside of Indian country. First, we will examine the sovereign immunity of tribes and their immunity from most forms of taxation. Second, we will discuss the taxation and regulation of businesses in Indian country. Third, we will address the thorny issue of dispute resolution in contracts with Indian tribes and within Indian country. Finally, the course will conclude with a brief summary of the tax, regulatory, and financing advantages of investing in Indian country and some of the common ethical pitfalls encountered in Indian country. 



  • Jeff R. Keohane
    Jeff Keohane has over 20 years of practical experience in Indian country, having worked for the U.S. EPA, DOJ, and for large and small law firms specializing in Indian law. He has acted as tribal legal counsel for two casino construction projects worth a combined $750 million, and for energy projects worth over $3 billion. Jeff has litigated matters of tribal jurisdiction in federal, state, and tribal courts. He has also represented Indian tribes and families in Indian Child Welfare Act and conservatorship matters.

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      • 1.5 General Credits
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    1. Indian tribes
    2. Indian country
    3. Tribal, state, and federal jurisdiction in Indian country
    4. Tribal sovereign immunity & taxation of Indian tribes
    5. Taxation of businesses in Indian country
    6. Regulation of businesses in Indian country
    7. Dispute resolution
    8. Federal, state, and tribal benefits of investing in Indian country
    9. Ethical concerns of doing business in Indian county

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