FBA D.C. Indian Law Conference Highlights

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Kevin Gover and Angela Riley (on the right); others include Joel West Williams, Stephen Ward, and Jeffrey Lopez
Kevin Gover and Angela Riley (on the right); others include Joel West Williams, Stephen Ward, and Jeffrey Lopez
Paul Clement, Neal Katyal, Geoff Strommer
Paul Clement, Neal Katyal, Geoff Strommer
The Assistant Secretary comparing tribal interests' record before the SCOTUS to the Detroit Lions' record -- it's bad.
The Assistant Secretary comparing tribal interests’ record before the SCOTUS to the Detroit Lions’ record — it’s bad.

FBA’s 15th Annual D.C. Indian Law Conference Agenda

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8:00-9:00a Registration
8:30-8:45a Welcome & Prayer
8:45-9:45a Tribal Same Sex Marriage Laws:
Several Tribes have passed laws authorizing or banning ame sex marriage. How does the Supreme Court’s ecent Windsor decision impact these Tribal same sex arriage laws and what is its potential impact on Federal ndian law/programs?
9:45-10:00a Coffee Break
10:00-11:00a Payday Lending:
Recently several Tribal payday lending business have been sued by individuals and states for lending practices that violate state laws. Does the  operation of these Tribal payday lending businesses put Tribal sovereign immunity at risk?
11:00a-12:00p IGRA at 25 and a Discussion of the Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community Supreme Court case:
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is twenty-five  years old and Tribal gaming has undoubtedly benefited many tribes. However, several recent lawsuits by states against Tribal gaming operations and the individual officers of the Tribes have allowed states to test the boundaries of civil enforcement actions and sovereign immunity. Will these attempts to do an endrun around Tribal sovereign immunity by suing the individual officers of the tribes make IGRA’s enforcement mechanisms irrelevant?
12:00-1:30p Lunch Keynote:
Despite partisan gridlock in the current Congress, Senator Cantwell successfully fought to keep  the new Tribal provisions in the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act that give Tribes jurisdiction over nonIndian perpetrators of domestic violence. She continues to be an Indian Country ally.
1:30-2:30p Taxation in Indian country:
What impact do the recent taxation cases in the Ninth and Second Circuits and Interior’s new leasing regulations have on the ability of a state or local government to impose a taxes on improvements to Tribal land or to impose taxes on non-Indian vendors that lease property to a Tribe?
2:30-3:45p Revisiting the NLRB’s San Manuel Decision:
Three cases challenging the National Labor Relations Board assertion of jurisdiction over Tribal casinos are currently being briefed in the courts of appeal. In all three cases the Tribes are challenging the NLRB’s assertion of jurisdiction over the tribe and arguing that NLRB’s 2004 San Manuel decision was wrongly decided. Will the San Manuel decision be overturned?
3:45-4:00p Soda Break
4:00-5:00p Ethics CLE Who is your client?
The Tribe, the Tribal Chairman, the Tribal Council, the individual Tribal Officers, the Tribal Gaming Commission? With the rise of Santa Clara Pueblo type lawsuits against Tribal Officers in their individual capacity, who is your client, what are your responsibilities? How should lawyers responsibly advise the Tribe?