At the heart of federal Indian law are issues surrounding land rights, safety, economic development, elections, ethics, and sovereignty. Indian law is among the oldest and most complex areas of federal law. On Friday, October 25, 2019, the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section presents its 21st Annual D.C. Indian Law Conference. Sign up on or before October 4, 2019, at to take advantage of early-bird rates!

This conference in Washington, D.C., will explore the changes that are occurring in Indian law as a result of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and statutes enacted by Congress. Panelists will offer a valuable framework for understanding the latest transformations in Indian law. This conference is an excellent opportunity to survey how the courts and Congress are applying doctrines to shape contemporary Indian law and policy.

Particular attention will be given to shifting federal policies, tribal sovereignty, constitutional rights, criminal law and keeping Indian country safe, gaming, elections, executive and administrative actions, and the control of natural resources.  There will be a special Luncheon & Keynote address as well as multiple opportunities to network with fellow lawyers, sponsors, and panelists.

The D.C. Indian Law Conference offers, from both the private and governmental perspective, a thoughtful, in-depth discussion on these hot-button topics affecting Indian country:

  • Indian Lands and Litigation: Murphy, Reservation Boundaries, and Carcieri
  • Protecting Tribal Communities: On-the-Ground Perspectives for Keeping Indian Country Safe
  • Legal Considerations of the Future Economic Development in Indian Country: Gaming, Agriculture, and Development
  • Tribal and Federal Election Law 101
  • Tribal Self-Determination: Decades of Success and Current Efforts to Broaden the Indian Self Determination Act and Education Assistance Act
  • Ethical Considerations in Representing Governments

Effectively representing Indian nations and tribes requires a unique understanding of the laws, history, and policies that affect them. Distinguished speakers will address shifting federal policies, the conflicts between tribal governments and other units of government, recent statutes affecting federal Indian policy, and the ever-evolving economic and social environment both on and off Indian lands.

Special attention will be paid to major issues involved in economic development in Indian country, including the powers of the National Indian Gaming Commission, the classification of various gaming activities, tribal authority over gaming, and the role of the states in the regulation of Indian gaming and agriculture.

Conference speakers will cover special rules regarding environmental protection of resources; the basis for tribal ownership of natural resources; the nature and extent of those rights; and conflicts among tribal, state, and federal agencies over the use and management of natural resources.

Attendees of the D.C. Indian Law Conference will have a deep understanding of the origins and trajectory of current doctrine and case law that define the scope and limits of tribal, state, and federal power in Indian country.

The D.C. Indian Law Conference offers an ideal chance to gain a fresh awareness of Indian law from a variety of perspectives. Join the FBA Indian Law Section for its Annual D.C. Indian Law Conference, October 25, 2019, at the FHI 360 Conference Center in our nation’s capital.  Register today at

About the Author

Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.

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