Kutak Rock understands the complexities of the legal, regulatory and business environments that tribes and their partners encounter in their efforts to promote prosperity and economic development in Indian Country. We have nationally recognized expertise in all finance-related legal issues affecting Native American Tribes, having served as finance counsel to numerous Native American tribes and their instrumentalities since the late 1980s in connection with housing, health care, trust land acquisition, infrastructure and other governmental projects, loan modifications, covenant amendments and workouts.
In addition to our housing, governmental and infrastructure finance expertise, we have considerable expertise in the area of Indian gaming finance, ranging from the impact of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and tribal gaming commission regulation to off-reservation expansion of existing casinos. Kutak Rock frequently assists tribes in seeking declination letters from the National Indian Gaming Commission in connection with the issuance of casino debt.
Outside the arena of finance, Kutak Rock’s lawyers represent tribes in litigation involving sovereign immunity, real property, employment, water rights, elections, contracts, ERISA and Indian Child Welfare Act cases. In addition, we have extensive corporate expertise to provide tribes with business and project planning. Finally, Kutak Rock has significant experience in a variety of natural resource-related matters that are of great interest in Indian Country, such as oil and gas transactions and forward sales of commodities.
Our unique expertise in all aspects of public and corporate finance, as well as our passion for our work with Indian tribes and the close collaboration of the firm’s tribal finance practice group with its housing, real estate, banking, tax credit, public finance, government relations, litigation and bankruptcy practice groups, enable our tribal attorneys to provide full legal services for our tribal clients throughout the country.