Tribal Government E-Commerce: Innovating a New Geography of Indian Country CLE Conference – Feb 12-13, 2015

Many tribes have recently become involved in pursuing business operated over the Internet.  These E-Commerce opportunities have not only created thriving economies, but they have also led to a tangled web of legal issues where state, tribal and federal laws and policies are colliding. The quick growth of E-Commerce in Indian Country has outpaced a general understanding of how E-Commerce law is intertwined with federal Indian law especially as it may relate to States’ rights.

The goal of this conference is to explore the legal issues surrounding the development of E-Commerce in Indian Country including: jurisdictional complexities and the necessity of fostering open dialogue with federal and state counterparts, the possible implications to tribal sovereignty, and the ongoing need for tribes to build infrastructures that facilitate economic growth on their reservations while complying with appropriate federal guidelines.

This conference will bring together tribal leaders and officials, lawyers practicing in Indian country, on and off reservation economic planning and development experts, business and finance specialists, virtual casino managers and executives, online vendors and entrepreneurs, regulatory experts and cutting‐edge scholars to explore the legal issues of tribal E-Commerce.

Click here to view the conference agenda – please join us!    

Professor Rebecca Tsosie appointed Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence and Inclusion

Congratulations to ILP’s Professor Rebecca Tsosie who has been appointed Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence and Inclusion for Arizona State University.

“I am very excited about my appointment,” Tsosie said. “It has allowed me to become more familiar with the needs of all students for a diverse and academically rigorous education, which will enable students to succeed in many different aspects of public life, including graduate education and employment opportunities.”

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Robert Clinton speaks at NMAI – YouTube Video available

The National Museum of the American Indian hosted a special symposium celebrating the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, and the notable book of the same title that accompanies the exhibition. In this segment, Robert N. Clinton speaks on “Treaties with Native Nations: Iconic Historical Records or Modern Necessity?”


The ILP welcomes back Kate Rosier!

Welcome Back Kate!

Kathlene “Kate” Rosier is returning as the executive director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Rosier, who left the College of Law in 2011 to become the assistant general counsel for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, served as the Indian Legal Program’s director for 11 years.

“I feel like I’m being reunited with family,” Rosier said about her return. “I love and missed the daily interaction with students, so I was excited to have the opportunity to come back.”

Rosier replaces Ann Marie Downes, who recently was appointed by the White House to serve in the assistant secretary’s office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Rosier will start on October 13.