Economic Development


April 2, 2014 12:58 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Coyle, Brie | Permalink
On March 31, 2014, the Department of Revenue issued a Property Tax Advisory which advised that, under federal law, permanent improvements on tribal trust land are exempt from state property tax irrespective of tribal ownership. read more
February 19, 2014 2:29 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Announcing the National Intertribal Tax Alliance 16th Annual Tax Conference on September 24-25, 2014 . . . read more
September 5, 2013 2:51 PM | Posted by Masse, Christine | Permalink
We are looking forward to welcoming the Native American Finance Officers Association's Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference to Seattle on September 9th and 10th. read more
August 15, 2013 10:47 AM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
We are pleased to announce that among the thirty Miller Nash attorneys named today to The Best Lawyers in America® list, Christine Masse was named as the 2014 Seattle gaming law "Lawyer of the Year." read more
April 24, 2013 10:15 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The Department of Transportation announced the availability of $473.8 million in funds to be awarded for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER Funds). read more
April 11, 2013 8:02 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
This week, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians announced a major expansion plan for its Emerald Queen Casino. read more
March 26, 2013 1:01 PM | Posted by Masse, Christine | Permalink
The 2013 National Indian Gaming Association Tradeshow & Convention is being held this week in Phoenix, Arizona. read more
February 21, 2013 3:55 PM | Posted by Molatore, Clifton | Permalink
Appellate briefs were filed with the California Court of Appeals in the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians appeal of a $30 million judgment in favor of a developer related to the Tribe's failed attempt to develop a casino in the late 1990s. read more
February 5, 2013 4:44 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) new leasing regulations became final last month on January 4 and already may impact pending litigation in Washington State. read more
September 13, 2012 1:02 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink

Today, Senator Akaka held yet another hearing on the impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in the Carcieri, and now, Patchak, cases.

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August 30, 2012 1:16 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris and Jordan, James | Permalink
Today a divided Washington Supreme Court issued its awaited ruling in AUTOMOTIVE UNITED TRADES ORGANIZATION v. STATE, finding that the challenge to payments made under tribal fuel compacts may proceed to trial . . . read more
August 21, 2012 10:30 AM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Sovereignty Summit will be held next week, August 27th-28th, at the beautiful Northern Quest Resort and Casino . . . read more
August 9, 2012 9:00 AM | Posted by Groshong, Geoff | Permalink
On Thursday, August 2, the Yavapai-Apache Nation ("YAN"), a creditor of the Iipay Nation's Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino ("Casino"), filed a motion to . . . read more
August 8, 2012 9:00 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
With the likelihood of lifting the Federal 2006 ban on Internet gambling looking inevitable, more tribes, including the Tulalip Tribes here in Washington state, are lining up to . . . read more
July 30, 2012 8:00 AM | Posted by Groshong, Geoff | Permalink
Four members of a recognized tribe, The Lower Sioux Community, in the State of Minnesota (the "Tribe"), filed individual bankruptcy petitions . . . read more
July 16, 2012 4:41 PM | Posted by Molatore, Clifton | Permalink
New guidelines were released today for distribution of the remaining $1.8 billion in Tribal Economic Development Bonds . . . read more
March 16, 2012 11:46 AM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of nearly $60 million in grants for employment and training services through the Workforce Investment Act’s Section 166 – Indian and Native Programs. read more
March 12, 2012 10:15 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
The Department of Commerce has announced consultations with the Minority Business Development Agency regarding services available to tribal businesses. read more
February 6, 2012 1:26 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
In another example of tribes partnering with local governments to bolster community services, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe has committed funds to support a second law enforcement officer in their local jurisdiction of Clallam County, Washington. read more
January 6, 2012 1:50 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
I was honored to be asked by Seattle Business magazine to provide a quote on how to create jobs in Washington State. I chose to focus on the important role tourism plays in the economic strength of our state. read more
December 5, 2011 10:53 AM | Posted by Rice, David | Permalink
On November 28th the Department of the Interior announced proposed new rules that will "streamline the approval process for home ownership, expedite economic development and spur renewable energy development in Indian Country." read more
July 20, 2011 3:00 PM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
Two recent noteworthy developments in Federal food safety and nutrition policy provide an opportunity for tribes to receive grants to support tribal food safety and nutrition education programs. read more
July 19, 2011 12:00 PM | Posted by Seffernick, Aubrey | Permalink
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding two roundtable discussions in the coming weeks to discuss taxation issues and also internet gaming. The first discussion, Raising Revenues for our Future, will be held today, July 19, 2011, in Washington DC. read more
July 11, 2011 8:33 AM | Posted by Rice, David | Permalink
On June 22, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the request of Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. ("Standing Rock") to receive federal Universal Service subsidies to support communications services provided on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation ("Reservation"), located on the border of North Dakota and South Dakota. This action is significant because it should now be easier for other Tribally-owned communications providers to obtain federal subsidies to serve their own reservations. read more
June 28, 2011 10:53 AM | Posted by James, Jordan | Permalink
On June 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of millions of dollars in block grants to tribes for housing-related activities and services. read more
April 1, 2011 2:03 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Permalink
As of June 30, 2011, the Washington State Tourism office will shutter operations after its funding was pulled as a result of the current economic crisis. read more