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Albuquerque Hosts Law Forum on Tribal Construction Projects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A two-day conference on tribal construction law and management strategies will take place at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque March 10 and 11.

The Tribal Construction Projects Conference will provide a comprehensive overview of tribal infrastructure and construction issues, including tribal construction funding and financing programs, economic development bonds, project delivery methods, federal construction programs, TERO (Tribal Employment Rights Office) compliance programs, and liability and financial risk management, among other topics.

The conference is presented by Law Seminars International and co-chaired by Karen J. Atkinson and Catherine Baker Stetson.

Atkinson is president of Tribal Strategies, Inc., a Washington, D.C. consulting firm focusing on economic development and small business issues. Stetson, who owns the Albuquerque-based Stetson Law Offices, is an expert in tribal housing, on- and off-reservation commercial transactions, economic development, tribal corporations and gaming.

“Tribal construction and infrastructure project development face their own unique set of issues. This two-day seminar addresses topics that are fundamental and cutting edge,” the two women said in a release.

“We have drawn speakers from around the country with expertise in tribal infrastructure and construction issues to provide valuable information on funding and financing issues; best project delivery methods; management tips for federal projects; tips for getting qualified as contractors; liability and risk issues, structuring business relationships; National Environmental Protection Act review for non-tribal projects on tribal lands, and contracting drafting tips for effective supervision and dispute resolution. This program is an exceptional educational and networking opportunity and should not be missed.”

The seminar will also include representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and San Felipe Pueblo Housing.

Tribal leaders, tribal representatives, industry executives, governmental officials, tribal housing authority personnel, contractors and consultants are encouraged to attend. Detailed information about the conference, including registration, is available at or at 1-800-854-8009.