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Indian Nations Law Update - September 2014

September 11, 2014

NCAIED to host Reservation Economic Development Summit at new Potawatomi Hotel in Milwaukee, October 6-9

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) will host its fifth regional Reservation Economic Summit (RES) from October 7-9 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tribe’s 371-room hotel was opened in August 2014. A golf tournament will take place the day before the conference, on October 6. RES brings together tribal leaders, elected officials, CEOs, established or aspiring Native American business owners, and many more to learn, collaborate and network in an innovative and motivational atmosphere. In addition to business development seminars and sessions, RES Wisconsin will feature a Native American business trade show. "The National Center’s regional Reservation Economic Summits have been very successful, and we are looking forward to bringing American Indian enterprise development to Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region," said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. "RES Wisconsin is the latest National Center event designed to create and expand business opportunities for Native Americans and their businesses from coast to coast." The regional RES conference held in June in Washington, D.C. drew over 500 attendees.

Godfrey & Kahn is proud to be an active conference sponsor and participant. Indian Nations Practice Group team leader Brian Pierson will address the future of tribal sovereign immunity as it affects tribal economic development in light of the Supreme Court’s 2014 Bay Mills decision. Environment & Energy Strategies Practice Group leader John Clancy will address the role of renewable energy in Indian country economic development, focusing on financing opportunities and strategies to achieve energy independence, reduce energy costs and promote tribal environmental values.

More information about RES Wisconsin can be found on the National Center’s website at

Godfrey & Kahn and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters working to assure voting rights of tribal members

Godfrey & Kahn Indian Nations Practice Group leader Brian Pierson is working with the Wisconsin League of Conservation voters to assure that Wisconsin tribal members can exercise their voting rights on November 4, 2014. We have prepared a list of "Frequently Asked Questions" that addresses the status of Wisconsin’s photo identification law, how tribal members can establish residency if they lack a street address, how tribal members who have been convicted of crimes can determine their eligibility, and other issues.

For more information, contact Brian Pierson at 414.287.9456 or

Godfrey & Kahn to host 8th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium November 6th, 11th

Godfrey & Kahn’s 8th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at the Pilot House at Pier Wisconsin and also on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at the Madison Club in the Terrace Room.

For more information or to register, contact Christa Coenen at

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