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Tribal Employment Law

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Tribal Employment Law

Employment and labor laws in Indian Country have become extremely complex because of the recent growth of Indian-owned gaming enterprises, other economic development enterprises, not to mention tribal governmental operations. Tribal enterprises have generated numerous employment opportunities for tribal members, non-members and non-Indian alike, creating difficulties when drawing the lines of tribal sovereignty and tribal sovereign immunity.  Just where are the lines of sovereignty drawn between tribal sovereignty, state government, county government, and the federal government? Any discussion of jurisdiction over Indian tribes inevitably begins with tribal sovereignty.  Historically, the U.S. Supreme Court considered tribes to be distinction nations occupying distinct territory over which the laws of the states have no force. Although today, the recognition of sovereignty is more limited, it is well recognized that Indian tribes are “unique aggregations possessing attributes of sovereignty over their members and their territory. The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the exclusive power to “regulate commerce” with Indian tribes. Accordingly, the Supreme Court had determined that states have no authority to regulate conduct by the tribe unless specifically authorized by Congress. As you can see, employment law in Indian Country is very complex, especially in today’s environment where Indian tribes have entered the marketplace beyond their exterior boundaries.

Who Should Attend?

Tribal council members, tribal economic development boards, tribal gaming boards of directors, tribal attorneys, tribal department heads and managers, including tribal human resources staff, tribal finance and accounting staff, tribal grants and contracts staff; and appropriate federal line officers and awarding officials.

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Contracts & Grants Compliance

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  • OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements (aka “Super Circular”)
  • Practicum for Federal Line Officers & Federal Awarding Officials
  • Federal Grant Management Principles
  • Contract Scopes of Work & Annual Funding Agreements
  • Contract Law & Administration
  • Accounting Basics for Tribes
  • Single Audit Act: Preparation & Follow Up
  • Indirect Cost Principles: Contract Support Costs
  • Preparing Indirect Cost Rate Proposals
  • QuickBooks™ and Accounting Principles
  • Financial Management Systems & Reporting Requirements (GASB)
  • Contract Appeals, Disputes & Federal Tort Claims Act under Pub. L. 93-638

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Tribal Governance Training Series

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  • Tribal Council – Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • Tribally-Controlled Schools Boards of Directors
  • Tribal Enterprise Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • Robert’s Rules of Order: Mastering the Basics
  • Evolution of Federal Indian Law & Policy
  • Strategic Planning in Indian Country

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Tribal Administrative and Management

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  • Records Management Principles
  • Fair Labor Standards: Compliance for Tribes
  • Federal Travel Regulations – Temporary Duty Travel
  • Tribal Employment Law
  • MSOffice for Professionals
  • Administrative Professionals Conference View More


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