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 In 1997, Hobbs Straus lawyers assisted the Susanville Indian Rancheria become one of the first tribes in the country to use the provisions of ISDEAA to successfully acquire Department of Army surplus property in trust under the Base Realignment and Closure Act.

Management, Development Consulting & Other Agreements

  • Negotiate agreements necessary to establish and operate gaming facilities by Indian tribes, including:
    • Management contracts
    • Development agreements
    • Land purchase agreements for property conveyed to the United States in trust in order to make the land eligible for gaming under federal law
    • Assist in obtaining the necessary approvals from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)
  • Provide counsel and assistance to establish destination resort/casinos, including:
    • Draft and final preparation of application to the BIA to take the lands involved into federal trust status
    • Secure clearance from the NIGC for long term development agreements


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