Lewis Brisbois recognizes the histories of Indian Nations are comprised of sophisticated indigenous trade routes, vast marketplaces and architectural wonders. Today, there are over 560 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Each tribe is unique in its history, culture, traditions, and political and governmental structure. Indian Nations are subject to more laws than any other group. Despite historical and modern challenges, Indian Nations are in a unique position today to continue building their economies, creating wealth, generating revenues, providing employment and improving their government structures and their nation's overall well-being.
The Lewis Brisbois Indian Nations Practice (INP) supports Indian Nations in their endeavors to that end. In addition, INP supports Indian Nations by attracting potential third parties that want to do business with tribes on or off tribal lands. The Indian Nations Practice stands committed to the success of Indian Country–not only current success, but for future generations. INP is led by a Navajo woman attorney with diverse and extensive experience in Indian Country, and who can manage large law firm resources. Partnered with that background, the firm is able to offer the resources and support of over 1,000 attorneys working in more than 35 practice areas including mergers and acquisition, banking and finance, corporate, employment, energy, entertainment, franchise, government, hospitality, insurance, intellectual property, international, real estate, tax, and litigation and appellate practices.
Lewis Brisbois supports third parties in their endeavors to work with Indian Nations through educating and fostering strategic business partnerships and relationships, including with various companies, partnerships, governmental entities, and foreign entities.
The Indian Nations Practice can advise on the following:
- Structuring business deals to take advantage of tribal status and tribal land status
- Section 17 corporations and other for-profit and non-profit business entity formation
- Lease and finance negotiations
- Construction project
- Tribal tax development
- Tax planning for third parties in Indian Country
- Attracting investment and capital
- Alternative financing arrangements
- Acquisition of existing businesses
- Developing internal tribal legal, policy, and administrative infrastructure
- Negotiation, consultation, and development of commercial and other cooperative agreements with governments, business, and other entities
- Intellectual Property
- Risk Management and Insurance
- Economic Development
- Traditional and sustainable energy development
- Business and corporate planning, infrastructure, and training
- Gaming development and finance
- Tourism development
Lewis Brisbois’ nationwide presence can address the needs of Indian Nations and other third parties throughout the United States.