Tribal sovereign immunity: An obstacle for non-Indians doing business in Indian Country?

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Native American tribes consider sovereign immunity to be crucial for the protection of tribal resources and the promotion of tribal economic and social interests. Because of the uncertainties surrounding this doctrine, however, this very same tool of self-determination may be viewed as a significant obstacle to the non-Indian investor, lender or developer who otherwise may be interested in doing business in Indian Country. Accordingly, questions that have long been asked are: what is sovereign immunity? and what does it mean in the tribal context?

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Woodrow, Sue. "Tribal sovereign immunity: An obstacle for non-Indians doing business in Indian Country?" Community Dividend, The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 1998. Article.

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