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Indian Nations Law Update - May 2014

May 12, 2014

Godfrey & Kahn to Present at the National American Indian Housing Council Annual Convention and Trade Show June 3-5, in Kansas City, Missouri

Godfrey & Kahn Indian Nations Practice Group leader Brian Pierson and Environment & Energy Strategies Practice Group Leader John Clancy will present at the National American Indian Housing Council Annual Convention and Trade Show to be held June 3-5 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri. They will present on "Financing Renewable Energy for Tribal Housing" Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The presentation will describe strategies and financing sources to help tribes and TDHEs achieve energy independence, protect the environment and reduce energy costs. They will discuss wind, biomass and other renewable energy technologies, with a special focus on solar projects because of their suitability for housing projects. Additionally they will describe how tribes can minimize the costs of transitioning to clean energy by tapping into state and federal grants and by partnering with investors to take advantage of tax incentives. Leasing issues, including the HEARTH act and wind and solar resources leases will also be addressed. Real world Indian country case studies will be used to illustrate the recommended clean energy strategies.

Godfrey & Kahn to Present at Tribal Lending Conference June 19-20, in Mystic Lake, Minnesota

Godfrey & Kahn Indian Nations Practice Group leader Brian Pierson and Godfrey & Kahn Corporate Practice Group co-leader Brett Koeller will present at the Tribal Lending and Financial Institutions conference to be held June 19-20, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, MN. Brian will present on June 19 at 10:15 a.m. on "HEARTH Act and Its Impact on Leasing Tribal Lands for Commercial Activity." The presentation will address the potential impact of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act on commercial development and on how tribes can most effectively take advantage of the Act.

Brett will present on June 20 at 10:15 a.m. on "Venture Capital Funds: Considerations for Tribes When Investing or Acquiring Non-gaming Businesses." Brett has extensive experience advising tribal corporations on buy- and sell-side acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and general business law issues.

For more information on Godfrey & Kahn’s experience with the HEARTH Act and business diversification strategies, contact Brian Pierson at 414.287.9456 or

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