Native American (Tribal) Law

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is the only federally recognized Native American Tribe located in Mississippi and one of only 566 in the United States.  The Tribe of over 10,000 members owns over 35,000 acres located in 10 counties in Mississippi.  As a result of its business operations - including manufacturing, tourism, retail, service and gaming - the Tribe is one of the top 10 employers in Mississippi with a payroll over $100 Million.   Business operations of the Tribe include hotels, gaming facilities, the renowned Dancing Rabbit golf course, and a water park.

Our Native American (Tribal) Law practice group appreciates the unique issues and challenges that arise from doing business in or near the Choctaw Reservation. The Native American (Tribal) Law practice group has been involved in financings involving the Tribe and its various business units. 

As for contracting and financings involving Native Americans, special thought must be given in structuring agreements and transactions in order to maximize predictability and enforceability. Furthermore, an understanding of the interplay and extent of state, federal and tribal law is essential to negotiation and structuring of transactions, particularly in light of the federal Indian law doctrines, such as the concepts of tribal sovereign immunity and exhaustion of tribal remedies. Our firm represented the arranger and sole administrative agent in the restructuring of a large existing gaming syndicated loan and the subsequent refinance. We offer experience in gaming law (including working with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) and an understanding of Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA)), Indian law, sovereign immunity issues, and related issues. Attorneys in the Native American (Tribal) Law practice group have been admitted to the highest court of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians court system.

The Native American practice group includes attorneys with expertise and experience in the wide range of disciplines critical to handling legal matters involving Native American law.

Practice Leader

Susan L. Steffey

Susan L. Steffey

Phone: 601.965.1854

Email: ssteffey@watkinseager.com

 

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