Session 5: Finance for Lenders

2.75 AV CLE Credits, WSBA #297810

This course will address issues to be considered by Lenders when making loans to Tribes and Tribal entities


Recorded:  02/08/2011
Credits:  2.75 AV CLE, WSBA #297810
Length: 2:58

Featured Speakers:
Mark Jarboe, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Course Summary - This course will address issues to be considered by Lenders when making loans to Tribes and Tribal entities. It will include:

• The nature of tribes as governments, the power and jurisdictional reach of tribal authority, and resulting legal and political issues.
• The reach of federal, state and tribal laws governing commercial transactions.
• Tribal corporations, Section 17 (federally chartered) corporations, and tribal authorities and instrumentalities.
• Federal approval requirements.
• Sovereign immunity, court jurisdiction and other enforcement issues.
• Common mistakes to avoid.


Mark A. Jarboe recently retired from the practice of law after a legal career spanning 34 years. He was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota and served as the head of the firm's Indian Law Practice Group. In over 25 years of practice in Indian Country he represented Indian tribal governments, tribal businesses and financial and other entities doing business with tribes across the country in connection with financing of reservation infrastructure, economic development and other activities; contractual, regulatory, gaming, economic development and other matters; and governmental and tribal court structuring and jurisdiction issues. He has worked on nearly 100 financings by tribes and tribal entities, representing both tribal borrowers and lenders to tribes and including single bank, club and syndicated bank financings; private placements of debt; high-yield notes; and taxable and tax-exempt borrowing.

In the mid-1990s Mr. Jarboe was a co-presenter, with James L. West (Cheyenne), in a two-year series of national workshops on "Cultural and Legal Issues Involved in Doing Business in Indian Country" sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis, St. Louis and San Francisco. The workshops have been converted to a video series and are available through the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He has spoken at numerous workshops and conferences in Indian country on the legal issues involved in doing business in Indian country, has published numerous articles on tribal business and financial issues, and his paper "Doing Business in Indian Country" has been reprinted in many collections. He has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the subject of tribal sovereign immunity in business and contractual matters.

Mr. Jarboe is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Harvard Law School. He is listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Best Lawyers in America (Gaming). He has been rated in Band 1 (National) by Chambers USA for the last four years in its ratings of Native American Law practitioners.


General Registration - $40.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $25.00

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