Coleman Indian Law represents Tribal Nations' legislative, regulatory and litigation interests before Federal, State and Indian Nation agencies, Congress, universities and organizations. We work with tribal leaders, commissions, and tribal lawyers to improve procedures and revenues and provide advice to tribal program managers as they work to comply with Federal and Indian Nation law.
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Representation before Federal, State and Tribal agencies, Congress, universities and organizations
Compliance with Judicial Ethics and Standards Formal Indian Nation judicial systems have become more sophisticated, more prevalent and more important to the functioning of many Indian Nation governments. A next step to assure an ethical and functioning judicial system is to establish a judicial oversight commission. An oversight commission enforces the judges' ethical standards while safeguarding their independence. Such commissions provide a forum for conduct related complaints for tribal members and others subject to the courts' jurisdiction. Without an oversight commission, tribal members have no recourse when a judge does not abide by the Nation's laws.
Congress and Government in the Coming Year As this year progresses, we can expect even less from Congress and the federal government. The presidential race is the priority in an already divided Congress. And, Indian nation issues, even when they stir no controversy, will get little traction as each legislative proposal is an opportunity to inflict damage on the other party. Further, political appointees start fleeing the government en masse as the presidential term ends.  At the beginning of 2016, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, known for his strong advocacy on behalf of Indian Nations, left the government. We can expect this trend to continue.
The Next Big Thing in Gaming The next big thing in gaming may not be Internet poker or fantasy sports. It may be eSports - i.e. watching other people play video games. Internet poker hasn't taken off. Fantasy sports is embroiled in litigation. In the meantime, companies are finally discovering how to tap into the favorite pastime of young men and, as a result, are holding video game tournaments with thousands of enthusiasts watching. These gamers are not interested in standing in front of a slot machine. They want the competitive game that they play at home. Indian Nations that can embrace eSports are going to be ahead of the game.
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