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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Corporate Partner

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From Connecticut to California, American Indian gaming has strengthened tribal governments and vastly improved the quality of reservation life. The revenue derived from gaming is used to fund tribal government operations or programs, to provide for the general welfare of the tribe and its members, to promote tribal economic development, to donate to charitable organizations and to help fund the operations of local government agencies.

Akin Gump’s American Indian gaming practice focuses on the finance, development, construction, operation and regulation of resorts and gaming projects of American Indian nations.

A number of the lawyers in the practice previously worked in senior positions at the National Indian Gaming Commission, at the Department of the Interior, in Congress and at key federal agencies relevant to American Indian gaming matters. They are well-versed in the intricacies of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

In addressing the unique and complex issues associated with our American Indian gaming practice, our corporate attorneys work closely with the firm’s American Indian law and policy practice, recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading practices in the nation.

We also work closely with the firm’s real estate, litigation, labor and employment, public law and policy and tax practices.

We have specific experience assisting tribes with:

  • structuring, negotiation and documentation of project financing, including taxable and tax-exempt transactions
  • structuring, negotiation and documentation of equipment financing
  • compliance with regulatory reporting requirements associated with public financing
  • land acquisition
  • approval of land-into-trust applications
  • gaining approval of off-reservation gaming sites
  • negotiation of pre-opening agreements with regulatory authorities
  • negotiating and gaining approval of tribal-state gaming compacts
  • drafting and gaining approval of tribal gaming ordinances
  • negotiation of construction and architectural agreements
  • establishing tribal corporations and enterprises
  • management of gaming facilities
  • obtaining necessary federal, state and local approvals required for the construction and operation of gaming facilities, including environmental approvals
  • a broad range of other legal and political matters related to the completion and operation of gaming facilities.

Donald R. Pongrace, Partner
dpongrace@akingump.com
Robert S. Strauss Building 
1333 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036-1564
T 202.887.4466
F 202.887.4288

Allison Binney, Partner
abinney@akingump.com
Robert S. Strauss Building 
1333 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036-1564
T 202.887.4326
F 202.887.4288