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The LaPena Law Corporation concentrates on all aspects of Indian law, tribal governmental and economic development issues. Bringing the firm's experience in Indian Gaming and Finance, Casinos, & Gaming Commission Training.


Economic Development on Indian Lands

In providing legal services for tribally-based economic development projects, LaPena Law Corporation can participate in all strategic legal, economic, and development planning that is required, including consideration of tribal, state and federal issues that might arise.  These typically include advice, counseling, negotiation and representation in the following areas: 

  • Negotiation of tribal-state compacts;
  • The selection of the project site, including jurisdictional, fee-to-trust, and development issues under tribal, state and federal law;
  • The impact of tribal, local, state and federal land use and environmental laws and policies;
  • Regulatory issues, including the preparation tribal ordinances, tribal commission policies and procedures and related issues;
  • Preparation of appropriate development agreements, including architectural and engineering agreements, general contractor agreements, sovereign immunity limitations, bid documents, standards and procedures, and liability;
  • Preparation of applicable consulting and management contracts for various aspects of the project; and
  • Rendering formal legal opinions to meet lender and others’ requirements.

Indian Gaming and Finance

Casino Development

In providing legal services for tribal gaming projects, including raising capital and soliciting management services for such projects, the attorneys of LaPena Law Corporation are prepared to assist in all strategic legal, economic, and development planning that a tribe may required, including consideration of all tribal, state and federal issues that might arise.  These typically include advice, counseling, negotiation and representation in the following areas:

  • Negotiation of tribal-state compacts, including legislative ratification and federal approval;
  • Implementation of California Tribal-State Compacts, including on-going communications with the California Gambling Control Commission, National Indian Gaming Commission and the Office of the Governor;
  • The selection of the project site, including jurisdictional, fee-to-trust, and development issues under tribal, state and federal law, and the availability of gaming on specific portions of the land under IGRA;
  • The impact of tribal, local, state and federal land use and environmental laws and policies;
  • Drafting and negotiation of intergovernmental agreements;  
  • Gaming regulatory issues, including the preparation of gaming ordinances, tribal gaming commission policies and procedures and related issues;
  • Entity selection and formation to facilitate financing and to protect tribal assets and sovereign rights;
  • Preparation of appropriate development agreements, including architectural and engineering agreements, general contractor agreements, sovereign immunity limitations, bid documents, standards and procedures, and liability;
  • Preparation of consulting and management contracts for a project; and
  • Rendering formal legal opinions to meet lender and others’ requirements.

Gaming Commissions

Ms. LaPena has served as a trainer for the National Indian Gaming Association and has provided ongoing legal services to many Tribal Gaming Agencies in western and midwestern states.  In this capacity they have advised tribal gaming commissions regarding the development and implementation of internal controls, preparation and submission for approval of tribal gaming ordinances, development of commission policies and procedures and incorporation of statewide gaming regulations reviewed by the Association created by the 1999 tribal-state compacts.



 
Disclaimer: The information provided in this website is general information and not designed to be and should not be relied on as your sole source of information when analyzing and resolving a specific legal issue. Each fact situation is different; the laws are constantly changing. If you have specific questions regarding a particular fact situation, we urge you to consult with legal counsel.
 

 
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