Economic Development in Indian Country

Economic Development in Indian Country

The pace of economic development on tribal lands has greatly increased. This course will explore the process of economic and business development with its tribal, federal and state laws, cases, policies and practices in the area of natural resources, leasing, rights-of-way, taxation, gaming, and other business ventures. The role of individual Indian allottees will also be explored, and Tribal, federal and state jurisdiction and enforcement issues.

In addition to learning the substantive law, this is a practical drafting course which will allow the student to understand the importance of structuring and drafting corporation documents, transaction documents, contracts, and rights-of-way agreements, which will have large scale impacts for a client. Legislative drafting of gaming and taxation codes and regulations will be another drafting technique covered in the course. And, finally, drafting correspondence will be reviewed. Accordingly, the class will emphasize writing assignments and discussion about the documents as well as the case law that is developing.