Welcome to Native American Law Focus, A Miller Nash Blog

Welcome to Miller Nash's Native American Law Focus–a blog dedicated to providing legal updates and news for tribal governments and their enterprises.

Native American Law Focus will feature postings from a number of practicing attorneys at Miller Nash LLP who work with our tribal group in various areas, including gaming, government relations, labor and employment, finance, litigation, and real estate.

We invite you to come and check us out–and come back often–to stay up to date on local, state, and national issues important to Indian Country.

- Chris Masse, Native American Tribes and Organizations Practice Team Leader
September 17, 2014 3:20 PM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
We are pleased to announce that two Miller Nash attorneys have been elected to the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association's Indian Law Section. read more
July 29, 2014 10:34 AM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
On June 23, President Obama nominated Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri (member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma) to serve as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission ("NIGC"). Chaudhuri is currently serving . . . read more
July 7, 2014 2:10 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The 2014 Northwest Indian Gaming Conference and Expo will be held July 14-16 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. . . read more
June 12, 2014 2:39 PM | Posted by Coyle, Brie and Raymond, Emily (Summer Associate) | Permalink

On June 11, the Ninth Circuit granted the Big Lagoon Rancheria Tribe's petition for rehearing en banc.  The Tribe's petition urged reconsideration of the Ninth Circuit's January 21, 2014 decision in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California, which authorized the state to collaterally attack a trust land designation

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June 4, 2014 6:52 PM | Posted by Coyle, Brie and Raymond, Emily (Summer Associate) | Permalink
On June 3, 2014, the IRS released its finalized guidelines on the General Welfare Exclusion applied to payments from tribal governments. The new guidelines allow payments made to or on behalf of a member of an Indian tribe, under a tribal government program to promote the general welfare, to be excluded from the recipient's gross income for tax purposes. read more
May 27, 2014 10:47 AM | Posted by Coyle, Brie | Permalink
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that tribal sovereign immunity prevents the State from suing an Indian Tribe for operating an off-reservation casino in northern Michigan. read more