Our attorneys have substantial experience representing tribal governments, tribal enterprises, individual tribal members, and major financial institutions doing business in Indian Country. Our experience includes transactions involving tax-exempt and taxable tribal financings for housing, infrastructure, and economic development projects, as well as contracting, corporate mergers and acquisitions, water rights claims, and settlement negotiations. Our attorneys understand the complexities of doing business in Indian Country and are admitted to practice in multiple tribal courts.
Tribal financings can be far more complex than traditional non-tribal transactions. Tribal clients require sophisticated counsel on federal Indian law and an understanding of the cultural nuances involved in tribal transactions. As a result, our attorneys have specific experience navigating IRC Section 7871(c), which often provides the statutory framework for tribal finance projects.
Attorneys in the practice group have also been engaged in many situations where tribes and tribal enterprises choose not to enter into the tax-exempt bond market but instead choose tax-exempt loans, lease purchase agreements, taxable obligations, or other sophisticated financing mechanisms. For example, our attorneys have worked closely with tribal clients to develop job opportunities and economic development on reservations, including the construction and operation of gaming facilities.
William C. Rhodes