Join the FBA Indian Law Section for their 19th Annual D.C. Indian Law Conference on November 3, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Washington, D.C.-Capitol. Five unique panels will reflect on cultural rights, natural resources, politics, and economics, among other hot-button topics, affecting Native Americans. Located in the heart of the country’s political landscape, this conference will address, from both the private and governmental perspective, the latest issues in Indian law and build off the momentum from the spring conference in Arizona. Register on or before 10/13/17 to take advantage of early-bird rates: http://www.fedbar.org/dcil17#Register.

Gain a fresh perspective on Indian jurisprudence, contemporary issues in Indian Law, and the division of authority between tribal and federal governments.  Daron Carreiro (U.S. Department of Justice) and Lawrence S. Roberts (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP) will provide opening remarks.

In “Restoring Tribal Homelands: The Current Landscape,” Bryan Newland (Fletcher Law PLLC) will moderate a panel with Aurene Martin (Spirit Rock Consulting) and V. Heather Sibbison (Dentons US LLP) addressing tribal land acquisition, federal land transfers, the Department of the Interior’s policy on reviewing tribal-state gaming compacts, and non-gaming economic development.

“Tribal Courts: Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty” is a groundbreaking study of tribal land acquisitions and economic development featuring panelists Josh Clause (Sixkiller Consulting, LLC) and Samantha C. Skenandore (Associate Justice, Ho-Chunk National Supreme Court; Husch Blackwell LLP). Learn about inter-governmental agreements, limits to tribal sovereignty, and tribal court law and history.  This panel will consider the origins and scope of tribal sovereignty as recognized under federal law, as well as current federal law on tribal criminal and civil jurisdiction.

Tax laws will be evaluated in “Taxation in Indian Country: The Path Ahead.” Connie Tsosie (National Congress of American Indians) will moderate a discussion with Kelly S. Croman (Marine View Ventures, Inc.) and Catherine F. Munson (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP) regarding Indian gaming, investing, tax law, revenue options, property taxes, sales tax, and jurisdiction in Indian Country as well as the limitations – expressed in federal and tribal constitutions or laws – on the power to tax Indians.

Stephen Greetham (Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce) and Todd Hembree (Cherokee Nation) will give a fascinating firsthand account of working closely with tribal leadership in the management of complex litigation and resource protection in “Tribal Attorney Generals & General Counsel: Views from Top Legal Officials.” Speakers will discuss strategies and consultation in the areas of Tribal Council development, election laws, and constitutional development and reform.

“Working with a New Administration on Tribal Issues” will investigate such topics as renewable energy, environmental litigation, internal investigations, and financial industry regulation. Moderator Charles Galbraith (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP) and speakers Tommy Beaudreau (Latham & Watkins LLP; former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of the Interior) and Tim Purdon (Robins Kaplan LLP) will assess the latest matters affecting tribal governments and Native American people including budgets, legislation, executive orders, appointments, Tribal law enforcement, sacred sites, and historic preservation. This panel will focus on the significant changes that have occurred in the relationship between Tribal Nations and the U.S. with this new administration.

Register now for the 2017 D.C. Indian Law Conference taking place November 3 in Washington, D.C.: http://www.fedbar.org/dcil17#Register.


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.