Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine is featuring Tribes in the Puget Sound area that have successfully captured export markets in China and elsewhere with a unique product: the massive Geoduck clam. This unusual natural resource has become highly profitable due to growing consumer demand in Asia, and effective management and marketing byRead More →

The Suquamish Tribe, a federally recognized tribe located in Washington State, sued the Army Corps of Engineers, the Navy, and the National Marine Fisheries Service today, claiming that the defendants violated federal statutes and the tribe’s treaty when they approved construction of a second explosives handling wharf at Naval BaseRead More →

The Tribal Council of the Yakama Nation has approved the development of a guest-worker program that would require licenses or permits for foreign workers and non-Tribal citizens working on reservation lands. The Yakama Nation’s territory contains much fertile agricultural land that is famred by a significant force of migrant workersRead More →

In its just-released opinion in Solis v.Matheson, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to Tribal businesses, whether located on-Reservation or not, and that federal enforcement agencies can enter upon Tribal lands and search records to determine compliance. The Solis caseRead More →

Native Talk Radio has aired an hour-long program regarding legal issues affecting Native-owned small businesses, and the unique factors of conducting business in and around Tribal communities. Host Annie O’Brien interviewed Foster Pepper’s Native American Legal Services Chair Greg Guedel on start-up considerations, contracts, government procurement programs, legal disputes, andRead More →

The exterior boundaries of Tribal reservations are usually fairly well defined, and provide a delineation for when one is leaving state land and entering “Indian Country”. However, the ownership and control of land within the bounds of the reservation is often far less clear. Through previous federal policies such asRead More →

In nearly every jurisdiction throughout the United States, local governments derive a significant portion of their operating revenue from property taxes. The money land owners pay in property taxes goes to fund basic infrastructure such as roads and schools and services such as police and fire protection. There is howeverRead More →