NAFOA will host a webinar at NOON (EDT) tomorrow, May 29, 2014, to examine the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Bay Mills, rejecting the state of Michigan's lawsuit over an off-reservation casino, asserting that it is barred by tribal sovereign immunity. While the Court's ruling upholds tribal sovereign immunity, it is not an unequivocal win for Indian Country. In its opinion, the Court pointed to other tools at Michigan's (and other states') disposal for addressing tribal grievances.
The webinar will offer a discussion of the Court's ruling and examine the likely impacts it will have on tribal sovereignty and tribal economies. The webinar will also examine other pending state actions, which could affect tribal sovereignty, potentially disturbing the status quo set forth by yesterday's ruling.
NAFOA held a roundtable discussion on the Bay Mills case at its recent 32nd Annual Conference. Tomorrow's webinar will feature panelists who participated in the earlier discussion:
Allison Binney, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
R. Lance Boldrey, Member, Dykema Gossett PLLC
Jeff Carey, Municipal Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch