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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.

Tort Claims Defense & Insurance Coverage

  • Provide counsel to tribes in understanding unique tribal insurance concerns.
  • Assist tribes on how to obtain insurance coverage that is appropriate to their liability at a reasonable and fair premium rate.
  • Advise tribes on policy coverage issues to protect tribal government operations and to preserve sovereign authority and self-governance.
  • Negotiate insurance policies that address the unique risks and legal circumstances of tribal governments.
  • Provide advice and guidance on the applicability of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).
  • Represent tribes in federal court litigation resulting in the tender of claims from a tribe to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the FTCA.
  • Provide policy advocacy with the U.S. DOJ regarding the scope of coverage issues.
  • Develop and draft tribal tort claim ordinances.
  • Draft and review tribal government scope of work descriptions to assure activities are included in Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) agreements.
  • Draft tribal job descriptions and contracts for employee/personal services contractors to assure compliance with ISDEAA and FTCA.


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