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Doing Business with Indian Tribes and Tribal Enterprises

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Produced on February 27, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This presentation provides a brief introduction to doing business with Native American and Alaska Native tribes and tribal enterprises. It focuses on key federal statutes affecting employment, contracting, and other commercial interactions; delegated federal power to tribes to manage and run environmental and other federal statutory programs, and how tribes use their inherent sovereign authority to regulate and adjudicate matters involving their own members and non-Indians.  

This session, led by attorney Troy Eid, covers basic contracting and examines best practices for addressing tribal sovereign immunity, dispute resolution, business, regulatory and taxation matters, and ethical considerations that frequently arise when companies and individuals deal with tribes and tribally owned companies and other commercial entities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the Federal statutes that affect employment, contracting, and commercial interactions with Native American and Alaska Native Tribes

  2. Discuss basic contracting with tribes

  3. Recognize best practices for doing business with Indian Tribes and Tribal Enterprises

  4. Understand how tribes use their inherent sovereign authority to regulate and adjudicate matters involving their own members and non-Indians

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Troy Eid

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Troy A. Eid is a nationally known legal expert on environmental enforcement, investigations and compliance, energy and natural resource development, and Federal Indian law and Native American and Alaska Native tribal law. A former United States Attorney who has served both Republican and Democratic Presidential administrations, and a past state cabinet officer for the State of Colorado, Troy is a trusted public figure in the Rocky Mountain West and Washington, DC, and a familiar face in many federal, state and tribal courtrooms across the country.

Troy, who first joined the firm in 2003, co-founded and co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s American Indian Law Practice Group, one of the largest and highest-rated legal teams in the United States. A principal shareholder with Greenberg Traurig's Denver office, Troy practices at the trial and appellate level. He has successfully defended clients in some of the largest and highest-profile environmental enforcement actions ever filed by U.S. Department of Justice under the Clean Water Act and other federal laws, as well as in grand jury proceedings. Troy is also frequently sought as a mediator and arbitrator, especially in cases involving Indian tribes and tribal enterprises.

An experienced legal project manager, Troy has coordinated various inter-disciplinary legal and consulting teams in numerous large-scale energy infrastructure projects, including natural gas pipelines, transmission lines, highways and railroads. He specializes in civil and criminal investigations involving petroleum-related leaks and spills, uranium contamination, hazardous waste pollution, asbestos, and other environmental and workplace safety matters, as well as health care and hospital-related regulatory, permitting and compliance projects. Troy is also a recognized authority on Native American cultural resource protection and related government-to-government consultation between tribes and the federal government under the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other laws.

Troy is well-respected on both sides of the aisle for his professional knowledge and expertise, especially as it relates to energy, natural resource, criminal justice, and other legal and public policy matters concerning the American West.

He served as Colorado’s United States Attorney from 2006-09, appointed by President George W. Bush. From 2010-14, Troy was elected to chair the Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC), an independent national advisory board created by the Tribal Law and Order Act to advise President Obama and Congress on public safety improvements for all 566 federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native tribes and nations. The ILOC’s landmark 2013 report, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer, proposes the most sweeping criminal justice reforms in Federal Indian law and policy since the New Deal. Endorsed by the American Bar Association, the ILOC’s Roadmap helped lead to the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act Amendments recognizing tribes’ criminal jurisdiction to prosecute non-Indian perpetrators in domestic violence cases.

A recipient of the Navajo Nation Bar Association’s Member of the Year Award, Troy grew up in Colorado and graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has been recognized for distinguished public service by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies. He was also recognized by Law Week Colorado as Colorado Lawyer of Year for representing the seller of the HealthOne hospital system in Colorado, the largest hospital-related transaction ever in the Rocky Mountain West. 

A regular contributor to the national edition of Native American Law360 and other Law360 publications, Troy teaches energy, natural resources, environmental and Federal Indian law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law. He currently serves as an At-Large Member on the Tribal Issues Advisory Board of the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency within the Federal judiciary that is assessing the impact of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in criminal convictions involving Native Americans and Alaska Natives.


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Eileen S.

Excellent speaker

Ron V.

Excellent presentation -- I highly recommend this course for those who want to increase their understanding of doing business with tribal nations.

Elise M.

Troy Eid is excellent

Jules S.

Well done; excellent speaker.

Amy B.

Very knowledgeable speaker!

Michael P.

Very comprehensive presentation.

Opal B.

Very interesting and complicated subject made palatable by a great lecturer who clearly knows his stuff inside and out.

Sam H.

Great speaker - extremely knowledgable

Michael B.

Thank you.

Shaul S.

I learned a lot!!

Rebecca L.

Excellent content.

Kristopher B.

Excellent course.

Vicki B.

Excellent and informative - thank you

Roger B.

This presentation is one of the best of the Lawline library.

Julie G.

My favorite instructor.

Jennifer H.

Interesting topic

Michael W.

Really one of the best -- and most important -- topics offered, covered by a knowledgeable and eloquent attorney. Good job!

Gerard M.

one of your best programs

Josh N.

Well done, informative

Daphne Marie C.

Interesting topic. Didn't realize how complicated tribal law can be. Mr. Eid is a very knowledgeable speaker. Hope he has more CLEs on tribal law issues.

Tom D.

Superb presentation.

Julia R.

very interesting presentation

christine a.

Very Interesting

francisco javier m.

very insightful

Nicholas D.

Very informative program.

William B.

I strongly recommend this to anyone who deals with tribes even in non-commercial matters.

carlos s.


Elizabeth W.

Mr. Eid is an excellent presenter and this program clearly explained the importance of having a thorough grasp of the issues involved in working with Tribes.

Erik G.

This is the second course in this area I have done that Troy Eid presented. Both were outstanding!

Dava K.

Really excellent program!

Randy P.


Michael B.

More good stuff; thank you.

Kathleen C.

Excellent presentation!!!!

Julie A. B.

Exceptional program by a razor-sharp speaker.

Lynne T.

Thank you!

William B.

Mr. Eid's CLE's thus far today (and presumably the one yet to come) are the best series of CLE lectures I've ever attended.

Jeffrey H.

much helpful info

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