Agenda / Content Covered
Establishing the Framework of Native American Land Ownership
9:00 - 10:15, Neil G. Westesen
Indian Country: What is it?
The Trust Doctrine and Federal Oversight of Indian Lands
Forms of Tribal Land Ownership: Trust Lands, Fee Lands, Allotments etc.
Issues to Understand: Checkerboarding, Fractionation etc.
Jurisdictional Issues: Tribal, Federal and State
Overcoming Tribal Real Estate Development Obstacles
10:30 - 11:45, Melissa Schlichting
Creating Alternative Financing Options for Trust Land Projects
Obtaining Development Grants
Putting Non-Reservation Property into Trust
Negotiating Development Contracts and Management Agreements
Gaming Compacts and Other Considerations for Casinos
Negotiating Oil and Gas Leases in Indian Country
12:45 - 2:00, Colby L. Branch
Statutory Authorization for Oil and Gas Leasing
Indian Mineral Leasing Act
Indian Mineral Development Act
Tribal Energy Resource Agreements
Ensuring Proper Approval of the Tribe and BIA
Determination of Title to Indian Trust Lands
Leasing Procedures and Issues
Dispute Resolution Provisions
Taxation: Double Taxation, Fee Lands vs. Tribal Lands, etc.
Resolving Easement and Right-of-Way Issues on Reservation Lands
2:15 - 3:30, Colby L. Branch and Alan C. Bryan
Rights-of-Way on Tribal Lands: A Statutory and Regulatory Overview
Who Can Authorize Easements on Tribal Lands?
Perpetuity of Easements
Locating Documentation of Existing Right-of-Ways
Appraisal and Valuation of Right-of-Ways
What Role Does the BIA Play in Negotiations?
Status and Effect of BIA's Proposed New Regulations
3:30 - 4:30, Melissa Schlichting and Neil G. Westesen
Understanding Cultural Issues
Conflicts of Interest
Maintaining Client Confidentiality
Considerations for Attorneys Who Represent Tribes