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Native American Tribes & Organizations

Successfully closed $215 million syndicated credit facility for tribe and tribal enterprise to expand tribal casino and build hotel and resort and handled ongoing issues between bank and tribe. Handled contracts with architects, contractors, and other construction-related vendors, addressed unique bonding and security issues related to tribe’s unique status as sovereign, and negotiated ongoing construction-related relationships through fast-track construction from design to occupancy. Handled negotiations with local government for utilities and other issues. Handled franchise and other agreements for businesses locating in resort, contracts with vendors, gaming and liquor-related licensing and regulatory issues, and other tribal casino resort-related matters.
Navigated the complex tax treatment of tribes to successfully resolve issues with the Department of Revenue regarding tax treatment and application of preemptions and exemptions for tribes and nontribal enterprises operating businesses in and outside of Indian Country.
Successfully negotiated tribal-state gaming compacts and amendments thereto, including negotiation of Washington State’s Appendix X2 and subsequent amendment.
Successfully defended tribes before the NIGC through investigations, proceedings, and settlement. Obtained declination letters on management contracts and sole proprietary interest issues in tribal financing post-Lac du Flambeau.
Helped develop inaugural model memorandum of agreement with Washington State Liquor Control Board related to liquor licensing in Indian country and negotiated first such memorandum on tribe’s behalf. Negotiated tribal liquor agreements for ownership and operation of tribal liquor stores. Defended tribe in liquor licensing dispute with local jurisdiction through licensing application process, administrative hearing, and court proceedings.
Analyzed various state taxes, including sales, excise, property, and business and occupations taxes, and their application to tribes and nontribal enterprises doing business in Indian country in order to advise tribe on optimal structures for tribal and tribal/nontribal enterprises in Indian country.
Negotiated tribal fuel tax compacts with State of Washington. Analyzed related legislation and litigation, and advised on ongoing related issues.
Negotiated agreements between tribes and local jurisdictions for utilities, fire, police, and other emergency services, street relocation, and other intergovernmental issues.
Helped advise clients as to initiative process, preparation of initiative language, analysis of effect on industry. Assisted with public relations strategy, reviewed and analyzed polling, and designed messaging strategy.