Gabe Galanda to Co-Chair 7th Annual Re-Emerging Northwest Tribal Economies

Gabe Galanda will be co-chairing the 7th Annual Re-Emerging Northwest Tribal Economies conference at Tulalip Casino Resort on August 4-5, 2011.

Indian gaming recently experienced its first decline in annual revenues due to the recession. The inevitable legalization of Internet gaming will further challenge Indian gaming's viability. Federal contract preferences for tribal small businesses are under siege by Congress. Meanwhile, state governments refuse to treat tribes like governments, as they seek to extract value from the reservation by taxing tribes in order to balance woeful state budgets.

Still, with various federally-backed economic and tax incentives, there has never been a better time for investment and development in Indian Country. With tribes needing to diversify Indian economies to minimize tribal reliance on Indian gaming, Indian Country is looks to bring new industries to the reservation and also to joint venture with businesses off the reservation and abroad. In addition, the tribal private sector grows by the day, as Indian small and family-owned businesses take flight and permeate the tribal public sector and Corporate America.

Gabe will also be presenting on "Tribal Joint Venture Partnerships: The Latest Legal and Business Developments Shaping How Tribal-Private Partnerships Might be Structured to Maximize Sovereign Benefits for Both Parties."

Anthony Broadman will speak on "Indian Tax Update: What is New in the Arena of Indian Country Taxation?"

Gabriel "Gabe" Galanda is a partner at Galanda Broadman PLLC, of Seattle, an American Indian majority-owned law firm.  He is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo, California.  He can be reached at 206.691.3631 or, or via