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Tribal Gaming Law for Tribal Government
Officials, Gaming Professionals and
Commissioners


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Tribal council members, gaming commissioners and other gaming professionals are entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing and regulating the management and growth of a tribe's gaming operation. If you fill one of these roles, you must understand complex federal laws and the court decisions that affect them, evaluate management and vendor agreements, handle strict audit requirements and respond to the constant scrutiny of national and local media.

In the ever-changing gaming arena, you must keep up-to-date on new legislation and how it affects your operation. We’ll discuss the Colorado River Indian Tribes v. National Indian Gaming Commission (CRIT) case, proposed Class II classifications, the updated Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) and employment law cases that may affect your practices.

Perhaps no other industry is more closely watched and regulated than Indian gaming. This class will assist you as you confront the challenges of building a strong, successful gaming operation. Special attention will be given to the relationships among the tribal council, gaming commission and casino management and how these relationships impact the success of your operation.

Your registration fee also includes a copy of the book, Indian Gaming Law and Policy, by Kathryn RL Rand & Stem Andrew Light and an individualized gaming consultation. Bring your gaming ordinance, supporting documents and questions for review. Don't miss this opportunity to update your knowledge of the latest developments in gaming case law and regulations.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Tribal Gaming Law
  • Legal background
  • Legislative background
  • Legal authority for gaming
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and Compliance Issues
  • Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
  • Crimes and criminal procedures
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act — Regulations
  • Title 25, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 3
  • Minimum Internal Control Standards (updated May 2006)
  • Exercise — IGRA regulations
  • Title 31 — Money laundering
Roles and Responsibilities of the Gaming Commission
  • Gaming establishment and the commissioners
  • Role of the commission
  • Maintaining commission effectiveness
  • Structure and function
  • Goals and objectives
  • Implementing policies
Current NIGC Information and Bulletins
  • Fee rate (updated)
  • Independence of the tribal gaming commission
  • Request to submit a facility license
  • Audit requirements for gaming operations
  • NIGC-approved management contracts vs. consulting agreements
Role and Authority of the Tribal Council
  • Structure of government
  • Separation of powers
  • Jurisdiction
  • Evaluating management
Relationships Among the Tribe, Commission and Operation
  • Maintaining independence
  • Budgetary issues
  • Responsibility to the community
  • Management contracts
  • Hiring vs. licensing
Employment Law in Indian Country
  • Tuscarora Test
  • Donovan Test
  • Applying the Tuscarora Test to federal employment law
  • Tribal/Indian preference
  • Best practices — law and policy
  • Bahweting Public School Academy v. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Union update: San Manuel v. NLRB
Current Case Law
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes v. National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Chickasaw Nation v. United States
  • California, et al. v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, et al.
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida v. State of Florida
  • JPW Consulting v. NIGC — management contracts case
  • U.S. v. 103 Electronic Gaming Devices
  • U.S. v. 162 Megamania Gaming Devices
  • Victor v. Grand Casino-Coushatta — slot malfunction case
Ethics and Gaming
  • Official policy toward corruption
  • Detection tools
  • Conflict of interest, disclosure and fraud
  • Identifying and handling misconduct
  • Penalties and sanctions
  • Making a code of ethics work
  • Developing a code of ethics
  • Diagnostic checklist
Liability
  • Tribal sovereignty and organizations
  • Liability
  • Potential liability in Indian Country
  • Standard rules of liability
  • Applying rules
  • Assessment checklist

*Topics subject to change.

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