Law Seminars International Presents: A Two-Day Comprehensive Conference on

Tribal Economic Development and Sovereignty
Practical tips for Alaska Native Tribes and their private sector business partners



March 3 & 4, 2016
Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage, AK

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, Tribal representatives, industry executives and governmental officials

Why You Should Order

Two of the greatest challenges for Tribes in Alaska are protecting the health, safety and welfare of their Tribal members and developing sustainable economies that benefit remote rural communities and offer job opportunities. While Tribal consortiums and corporations have flourished in Alaska, many Tribal governments have continued to be hamstrung by the lack of land-based jurisdiction. With changes in the land into trust regulations, Tribes are presented with a new opportunity to more fully develop their authority and explore opportunities for public safety and economic growth.

This comprehensive conference will give an overview of the current legislative developments, Supreme Court cases, and new opportunities for Tribal advancement. The conference is aimed at Tribal representatives, attorneys, lenders, investors and contractors that do or would like to do, business in Alaska Tribal communities. The conference will outline the basic factors involved with taking land into trust status, the benefits trust status can bring, including expanded civil jurisdiction and the practical implications that trust status has for businesses. In addition, we will examine new developments in the Small Business Administration Section 8(a) Native contracting program, and the Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP). We will explore Tribal resource development in the Arctic and Tribal energy challenges.

Don't miss the opportunity to get a comprehensive update on legal and policy issues affecting jurisdiction and economic development for Alaska Tribes and Tribal entities, from the foremost experts in the field.

~ Marissa K. Flannery, Esq. and S. Lane Tucker, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn



Agenda

Thursday, March 03, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

 
8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Marissa K. Flannery, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP / Anchorage, AK

S. Lane Tucker, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Anchorage, AK

 
8:45 am

Federal Legislative and Administrative Update

New developments relating to economic development and the scope of Tribal jurisdiction

Vanessa L. Ray-Hodge, Esq., Partner
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP / Albuquerque, NM

Update on Supreme Court decisions impacting Tribes and Tribal entities

James K. Nichols, Esq., Senior Attorney
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Minneapolis, MN

 
10:15 am

Break

 
10:30 am

Akiachak Native Community v. Department of the Interior

Status report on judicial review of 25 C.F.R. Part 151 as it pertains to the ability of federally-recognized tribes in Alaska to ask the Secretary of the Interior to acquire title to land in trust; what next if Akiachak's position is upheld

Matthew N. Newman, Esq., Staff Attorney
Native American Rights Fund / Anchorage, AK

 
11:15 am

The When and How for Applying to Have Native Lands Put into Trust

The nuts and bolts for gathering the information you need, preparing an application, and effectively participating in the process

Kristi Williams, Esq., Policy and Government Relations Advisor
Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP / Anchorage, AK

 
12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

 
1:15 pm

Practical Implications of Trust Status for Doing Business on Tribal Lands

Overview of the areas where Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations will want to review and update their economic development and transactional strategies

Craig A. Jacobson, Esq.
Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP / Portland, OR

Adapting your approach to Tribal business planning

Mary J. Streitz, Esq.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP / Minneapolis, MN

Assessing the need to make changes to constitutions, ordinances, and bylaws

Marissa K. Flannery, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP / Anchorage, AK

 
3:15 pm

Break

 
3:30 pm

New Developments in Traditional Federal Programs to Promote Economic Development

Small Business Administration Section 8(a) Native Contracting Program

S. Lane Tucker, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Anchorage, AK

 
4:15 pm

New State Jurisdictional Developments

Prospects for shifting state jurisdiction for certain claims to Tribal courts; other developments relating to Tribal jurisdiction; legislative proposals to increase funding for Tribal courts

Nicholas J.R. Gasca, Esq., Associate Counsel
Tanana Chiefs Conference / Fairbanks, AK

 
5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP and Stoel Rives LLP

 

Friday, March 04, 2016

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

Marissa K. Flannery, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP / Anchorage, AK

S. Lane Tucker, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives LLP / Anchorage, AK

 
8:45 am

Tribal Resource Development in the Arctic

Legal update on Arctic Ocean governance and the law of northern resource development including national entitlements to the continental shelf under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

Betsy B. Baker, Esq., Professor
VT Law School & Alaska Programs Liaison, Univ of WA School of Law / South Royalton, VT

Legal issues arising at the intersection of federal environmental policy and resource development in the Arctic

Peter H. Van Tuyn, Esq.
Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, L.L.C. / Anchorage, AK

 
10:15 am

Break

 
10:30 am

Tribal Energy: Challenges and Opportunities

Legal and policy issues impacting Alaska Natives in the energy and economic development area and the DOE's strategic plan for Tribal energy in Alaska

Douglas C. MacCourt, Esq., Senior Policy Advisor
DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs / Washington DC, DC

Update on existing federal/state/Tribal partnerships and prospects for new ones

Givey Kochanowski, Program Manager
U.S. Dept or Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs / Washington, DC

Practical tips for Alaska Natives and their private sector partners: Leading practices, latest developments, and trends for this emerging industry

Pilar M. Thomas, Esq.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP / Tucson, AZ

 
12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

 
1:30 pm

Operational Issues for Native Enterprises

Tribal hiring preferences and employee protection laws: Potential conflicts with state and federal law; jurisdictional issues; tips for structuring commercial enterprises and use of hiring preferences by Alaska Native Corporations

Renea I. Saade, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Anchorage, AK

Affordable Care Act issues for Tribes and Native Corporations as employers: Benefits and burdens; interplay with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); impact of the dispute over Medicaid expansion

Dick Monkman, Esq.
Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Munson LLP / Juneau, AK

 
3:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

 


Cost

Regular tuition for in person or via live webcast attendance is $895 with a group rate of $670 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For Tribal members and government employees, we offer a special rate of $595. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 11.75 AK CLE credits and 11.75 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.



Cancellation

There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders



Faculty Bios

Marissa K. Flannery, Program Co-Chair, Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP, represents Tribes and Tribal entities throughout Alaska and the lower-48. She focuses on Indian Self-Determination Education and Assistance Act contracts, compacts and funding agreements; Tribal governance; and a wide range of health operations related matters including HIPAA, HITECH, regulatory compliance, employment matters, and commercial transactions.

S. Lane Tucker, Program Co-Chair, Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on government contracting, SBA regulations, the Contract Disputes Act, the False Claims Act and qui tam defense; bid and size protest litigation before the GAO, the Court of Federal Claims and the SBA; audit and compliance issues; and internal and external investigations. She has been listed in Alaska Super Lawyers® (Government Contracts) since 2011.

Craig A. Jacobson, partner, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, is experienced in environmental and natural resources law and real estate law. He began his focus on natural resources and environmental law, believing these areas are vital to the well-being of Tribes as sustainability has become a central value for many Native communities.

Pilar M. Thomas, (Pascua Yaqui), Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, focuses on Indian law, Tribal renewable energy project development and finance, Tribal economic development, and Indian gaming. She was previously the Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Betsy B. Baker, Professor of VT Law School & Alaska Programs Liaison, Univ of WA School of Law, has researched Arctic Ocean governance and the law of northern resource development. She lives and works full-time in Anchorage, Alaska.

Nicholas J.R. Gasca, Associate Counsel of Tanana Chiefs Conference, provides legal counsel to TCC departments and TCC member tribes in employment, contracts, tribal law and has worked at Alaska Legal Services for five years as the supervising attorney of the Fairbanks, Barrow, Nome, and Kotzebue offices.

Givey Kochanowski, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, is responsible for the support and delivery of DOE technical assistance, capacity building, energy education, and outreach to all Alaskan Tribal entities.

Douglas C. MacCourt, Senior Policy Advisor, DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, advises the Office director and staff and works throughout DOE and with other federal and state agencies on policy, legislative, and funding issues that are critical to the Office's mission of developing and deploying clean energy and related economic development projects in Indian Country.

Dick Monkman, Esq. of Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Munson LLP, advises tribes and tribal organizations in all aspects of their health care operations.

Matthew N. Newman, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund, works in the areas of the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal court jurisdiction, as well as tribal natural resources and subsistence.

James K. Nichols, Esq., Senior Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, resolves antitrust, securities, and complex disputes. He also helps Indian tribes resolve healthcare regulation, gaming and tax issues.

Vanessa L. Ray-Hodge, Esq., Partner of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP, was formerly with Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor.

Renea I. Saade, Stoel Rives LLP, Labor and Employment group, counsels on employment issues including noncompetition/nonsolicitation enforcement and defense, wrongful termination, requests for accommodation, wage/hour compliance, workers' compensation, workplace investigations and discipline.

Mary J. Streitz, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, is Co-Chair of the Indian and Gaming practice group and represents Indian Tribes, Tribal entities, Tribal members, and entities doing business with Tribes in federal, state, and Tribal tax matters.

Peter H. Van Tuyn, Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, L.L.C., counsels and represents clients on oil and gas exploration and development, mining, land use and zoning, and public land management. Previously, he was the Litigation Director of Trustees for Alaska and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kristi Williams, Policy and Government Relations Advisor, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, is experienced in government-to-government consultation, small business and economic development issues, strategic planning, negotiations, as well as legislative and appropriations advocacy.