Anthony Broadman Answers Anew the FAQ: Can a Tribe Declare Bankruptcy?

Anthony Broadman has published, Indian Self-Governance and Bankruptcy: The Case for Tribal Law in the February 2011 edition of Casino Enterprise Magazine. Anthony takes a unique look at the legal possibilities associated with tribal bankruptcy.

The current economic climate has triggered speculation regarding how tribal gaming operations would navigate the bankruptcy process. Fanned by the bankruptcy of Greektown Casino Hotel (once partially owned by a tribe) and the Wells Fargo/Lac du Flambeau debacle, that speculation, coupled with cases abrogating tribal sovereign immunity in the bankruptcy context, suggests that tribes should at least attempt to control their exposure to insolvency by (1) legislating tribal approaches to bankruptcy and (2) contracting with potential future creditors and potentially tribal debtors regarding a common treatment for bankruptcy in Indian country. If federal bankruptcy laws do not work for tribe-owned businesses, tribal bankruptcy laws should.

Anthony Broadman is a partner at Galanda Broadman PLLC, of Seattle, an American Indian majority-owned law firm.  His practice focuses on company-critical business litigation and representing tribal governments. He can be reached at 206.691.3631 or, or via