Tribal Business Law

LAW 631T | 1 credit

Matthew L.M. Fletcher


The successful development of vibrant and sustainable economies in Indian Country continues to present challenges for Indian tribes, tribal governments, their citizens and potential business partners, as well as federal, state and local governments. The unique legal status of Indian tribes and the consequences of that status inform these challenges and require a detailed examination of federal policy and Supreme Court jurisprudence. Thus, attorneys play a central role in understanding and advising their clients about the challenges of tribal economic development. 

Though within the broad rubric of economic development, this course will focus specifically on tribal business law, including the unique challenges tribes face when legislating and seeking to regulate business activity within Indian Country.

KEY QUESTIONS:
  • What unique challenges do tribal governments face when legislating and seeking to regulate business activity within Indian Country? 
  • How has the legal status of Indian tribes been impacted by federal policy and the U.S. Supreme Court? 
  • How can sustainable economies be developed in Indian Country? What range of business partnerships might result? 
  • What steps should tribal governments take to create strong institutions that facilitate economic development?