The History of Indian Law and Practicing Transactional Law on Tribal Land Today

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In this CLE, we will briefly cover the history of legal interaction between the federal government and Indian tribes, and while doing so, posit consideration on best practice within the contemporary realm of tribal business law. Throughout American history, officials within the federal judiciary and Congress have interpreted and formulated law to both harm Indian tribes, and in some instances, promote their interests. Our aim is to instigate critical discussion on how Federal Indian law took shape in the context of a colonial relationship, one whose legacy has had tangible effects on Indian tribes’ legal structures and behaviors today. We believe it is essential for transactional/business law attorneys to develop and retain some familiarity with this history in order to foster a deeper and more sensitive understanding of how exactly to serve tribal clients well.     

This CLE is approved for credit through February 12, 2019.

Product Description:

Forrest Tahdooahnippah is an associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where he is a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Indian Law practice groups.  He is an enrolled member of the federally-recognized Indian tribe the Comanche Nation, located in Lawton, Oklahoma.  He received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2010 and received a B.A. with honors from Stanford University in 2007.

Heidi Drobnick is the managing partner of Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey and practices in the areas of Indian law, business law, probate, and wills and trusts. Heidi is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe-Lake Superior Band - Nett Lake Reservation. She received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota. For six years, Heidi served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School for the Indian Child Welfare Law Clinic. She also served as the Presiding Judge for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Assistant General Counsel for the Prairie Island Indian Community-Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Heidi is a member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association and served as its treasurer for six years.

Steven Reeves
is a Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels and is a member of its corporate and international practices, where he specializes in strategic domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.  Before attending law school at the University of Minnesota (cum laude JD 2004), and after graduating from Cornell University's School of Hotel Management (honors, BS 1997), he spent almost four years working at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City. Steven serves on the Board of Governors of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and is currently its Treasurer ( ).  Steven is also a member of the Board of Directors for LegalCORPS and has been volunteering with LegalCORPS since 2005.

Jeanine Hill is a general practice litigation and transactions attorney at Meyer & Njus, P.A. in Minneapolis. She is a past pro bono volunteer and past member of the LegalCORPS Board of Directors. She also served as Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurs of Color Committee and served on the Fundraising Committee of LegalCORPS. Jeanine is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Indian tribe the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians located in Belcourt, North Dakota. Jeanine serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association (MAIBA) and is currently its Vice President ( She graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2006. Jeanine practices in federal, state and tribal courts. She currently serves as a Judge for the Sokaogon Chippewa Community located in Wisconsin.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit & 1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 233818

MSBA Members:  $39.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $84.95