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In a joint effort with the United States, our attorneys successfully established the right of tribal health contractors to collect third-party reimbursements in U.S. and Norton Sound Health Corp. v. Bering Strait School District, 138 F.3d 1281 (9th Cir. 1998).

Section 8A Contracting

  • Provide counsel to tribes and tribal organizations to determine the appropriate business entity structure to maximize tax benefits and tribal economic development objectives.
  • Advise and assist on the formation and incorporation of business entities.
  • Review and prepare documentation for Section 8a applications to the Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • Advise on matters related to the operation of business entities including, for example:
    • Applicability of Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TEROs)
    • Indian preference laws
    • Applicability of federal labor, health and safety, and procurement laws
    • Bonding and insurance issues
  • Provide on-going monitoring and advocacy on Section 8a regulations and legislative developments.


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