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Hobbs Straus litigated a case establishing the right of a tribal organization to contract under Public Law 93-638 in a service area that was not a "reservation" in Rapid City Indian Health Board v. IHS, IBIA No. 97-100-A.

Management, Development Consulting & Other Agreements

  • Negotiate agreements necessary to establish and operate gaming facilities by Indian tribes, including:
    • Management contracts
    • Development agreements
    • Land purchase agreements for property conveyed to the United States in trust in order to make the land eligible for gaming under federal law
    • Assist in obtaining the necessary approvals from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)
  • Provide counsel and assistance to establish destination resort/casinos, including:
    • Draft and final preparation of application to the BIA to take the lands involved into federal trust status
    • Secure clearance from the NIGC for long term development agreements


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