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Business in Indian country

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A seminar entitled "Doing Business with Indian Nations" will be held Nov. 8 at the Syracuse University Law School, as part of the college's alumni weekend.

"Indian Nations are becoming more influential in business dealings," Peter Carmen, the seminar's moderator, told Indian Country Today. "Businesses locally and regionally want to understand the legal landscape. The seminar aims to educate on issues and allow business dealings to run more smoothly."

Carmen, a Syracuse graduate, is chairman of the business department at Syracuse-based Mackenzie Hughes LLP.

With topics such as understanding tribal laws and identifying correct entities, the program benefits more than just the attendees, Carmen adds; "Indian nations also gain with educated partners and positive future business".

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The seminar will cover the status of Indian tribes under the law, sovereign immunity in business dealings, governmental entities versus tribal businesses, employment issues in tribes, and taxation as it relates to Indian country.

The discussion panel includes Eric F. Facer of the Washington, D.C-based law firm, Facer and Stamoulas, and John Tashuda, senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

The seminar can be used to satisfy New York attorneys' requirements for continuing legal education credits, and is open to anyone with an interest in the learning more about doing business in Indian country.

The seminar costs $20 for alumni attending the law school's alumni activities and $150 for non-alumni.

The law school includes a variety of Indian-related topics in several of its course offerings and devotes a specific course, Federal Indian Law, to issues involving federal law and Indian businesses.