Washington Tribal Lawyer Gabe Galanda to Discuss Indian Tax Issues (Twice) at RES 2013

Gabe Galanda has been invited by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) to speak on two Indian taxation panels at RES 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the premier tribal economic development and diversification conference in the country.  He will speak on March 13.

Track 4: TAXATION, Part 1 – IRS Tax Implications on Tribes, Tribal Enterprises and Tribal members. Tribes and intertribal organizations have formed the Intertribal Organization Tax Initiative (IOTI) to carry out united tribal action to confront new forms of intrusion into the sovereign affairs of tribes by federal and state taxation policies. Tribal governments have had to defend against expansive Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examinations and audits of tribal government services to members. Tribal governmental and economic development programs have been hindered by the more burdensome federal tax requirements imposed on tribes than on state governments. Meanwhile, states continue to seek mechanisms to obtain state revenues from tribal commerce. This break-out session, featuring representatives of the IOTI Tax Initiative, will report on key tax policy developments and what to expect in the coming year, including pending IRS guidelines on the General Welfare exclusion and tribal proposals for tax reform legislation as well as other tax policy efforts that have been undertaken to defend tribal sovereignty, strengthen nation-building and stimulate economic development.

Moderator: Susan Masten – Vice-Chairwoman, Yurok Tribe and Vice-Chairwoman Board of Directors, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Kitcki Carroll – Executive Director, United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. F. Michael Willis, Partner, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP. Gabriel Galanda – Partner, Galanda Broadman, PLLC Dante Desiderio – Executive Director, Native American Finance Officers Association

Track 4: TAXATION, Part 2 – Tribal Tax Revenue Opportunities for Tribes. Moderator: Larry Kinley CEO, Lummi Commercial Company and Member Board of Directors, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Gabriel Galanda – Partner, Galanda Broadman, PLLC Robert Porter – Senior Counsel, SNR Denton Robert Whitener – Owner, The Whitener Group, LLC

Gabriel "Gabe" Galanda is a partner at Galanda Broadman PLLC, of Seattle, an American Indian owned law firm.  He is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo, California.  Gabe assists tribal governments and businesses in all matters of tribal sovereignty and self-governance, especially in legal opposition to federal, state and local government encroachment.  Gabe can be reached at 206.691.3631 or gabe@galandabroadman.com.