American Indian tribes and organizations that do business with them have a strong advocate in Faegre Baker Daniels’ long-standing, nationwide Indian law practice. We have worked on tribal financings totaling more than $15 billion and involving more than 120 tribes in 21 states. We support you in interactions with the BIA and the NIGC as well as with other concerns including federal-Indian law issues, sovereign immunity, IGRA, land determinations, land into trust, leases, gaming compliance and tribal gaming commission matters, environmental law and regulations, taxation, federal recognition, labor and employment matters, construction matters, energy projects, and FDA and health law matters.
We’ve helped guide projects such as casinos, hotels, convention centers and infrastructure, working with tribes, borrowers, lenders, developers, credit enhancers and underwriters. We also regularly represent tribes, financial institutions and bondholder committees in debt defaults, workouts and restructurings. We assist clients with negotiating and drafting compacts, gaming ordinances, development agreements, management agreements and machine lease agreements, and with obtaining NIGC, BIA and other federal, state and local approvals. We regularly represent tribes in litigation matters before federal and state courts and other bodies, and we have substantial experience drafting tribal codes, ordinances, resolutions and constitutional amendments.