Economic Development on Indian Lands

In providing legal services for tribally-based economic development projects, The Circle Law Group can participate in all strategic legal, economic, and development planning that is required. This includes the consideration of tribal, state and federal issues that may arise.

These legal services typically include advice, counseling, negotiation and representation in the following areas: 

➤ Negotiation of tribal-state compacts and the selection of the project site. This includes jurisdictional, fee-to-trust, and development issues under tribal, state and federal law.

➤ The impact of tribal, local, state and federal land use and environmental laws and policies.

➤ Regulatory issues including the preparation tribal ordinances, tribal commission policies, procedures and related issues.

➤ Preparation of appropriate development agreements including architectural and engineering agreements, general contractor agreements, sovereign immunity limitations, bid documents, standards, procedures, and liability.

➤ Preparation of applicable consulting and management contracts for various aspects of the project.

➤ Rendering formal legal opinions to meet lender and others' requirements.