Business and Economic Development

Doing business in Indian Country presents unique challenges and opportunities. It is well understood that the need for tribal economic development and diversification is great. Most American Indian nations and tribes, regardless of whether they have successful gaming enterprises, must develop and expand their economies. Indian nations are sovereign governments with their own legal systems, but must also consider U.S. federal and sometimes state laws relevant in establishing businesses on tribal lands. Moreover, navigating the unique cultural and political environments of tribal society adds to the challenge of tribal economic development.

Robert Odawi Porter has 30 years of legal experience to assist your nation or your business successfully navigate the unique business environment associated with tribal nations. As both attorney and advisor, his transactional and negotiating experience can greatly enhance the potential for success with any particular development project.


Odawi Law PLLC can assist clients in the following areas:



Tribal Business Management
Establishing the best business management structure and administrative plan to develop and operate a successful business within a particular tribal nation



Tribal Holding Company Development
Advising and structuring the tribal corporate structure to support development of tribally-owned holding companies to promote economic diversification



Joint Venture Formation
Identifying potential tribal government and private sector business alliances, including establishing the best joint venture or management structure



Assisting Indian entrepreneurs in navigating the tribal, federal, and state law landscape necessary to maximize advantages of doing business in Indian Country



Strategic Business Advising
Consulting to ensure consideration of the numerous opportunities and potential obstacles associated with any Indian Country business venture



Access to Investment Capital
Identifying sources of banking and investment capital to support a start up tribal venture or established tribal enterprise