Sovereignty and E-Commerce:  Innovating and Reshaping the  Borders of Indian Country 

Third Annual Tribal Government E-Commerce CLE Conference

Thursday, February 2 – Friday, February 3, 2017
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, AZ

If you are interested in viewing the conference video-recording online,
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Presented by:  Rosette, LLP American Indian Economic Development Program 

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Many Native American tribes in the United States have recently become involved in pursuing business operated over the Internet, thus relieving some of the physical realities of modern, yet still remote, Indian country.  These E-Commerce opportunities have not only created thriving economies, but they have also led to a tangled web of legal issues where state, tribal and federal laws and policies are colliding. The quick growth of E-Commerce in Indian Country has outpaced a general understanding of how Tribal Digital Sovereignty and E-Commerce law is intertwined with federal Indian law especially as it may relate to States’ rights.

The goal of this conference is to explore the legal issues surrounding the development of E-Commerce in Indian Country including: the changing political landscape, jurisdictional complexities and the necessity of fostering open dialogue with federal and state counterparts, the possible implications to tribal sovereignty, and the ongoing need for tribes to build infrastructures that facilitate economic growth on their reservations while complying with appropriate federal guidelines. I-Gaming experts, Fantasy Sports and tribal entrepreneurs in varied fields will share strategies and practices of diverse business models of current and for future e-commerce/infrastructure enterprises.

This conference will bring together tribal leaders and government officials, lawyers practicing in Indian country, on and off reservation economic planning and development experts, business and finance specialists, virtual casino managers and executives, online vendors and entrepreneurs, regulatory experts and cutting‐edge scholars to explore the legal issues of Tribal Digital Sovereignty.

Conference Registration Rates          

Regular Rate: $450.00 ends Jan. 27 at 5 pm  (online registration closes)
Walk-In Rate: $525.00 starts Feb. 2, at 7:30 am (based upon availability) Space is limited
Non-Profit Rate
$300.00 online registration must be done with employer title, email and ID.  Email ILP@ASU.EDU to receive a discount code. This rate is subject to availability and has been extended to Jan. 27. 
$30.00 Conference materials will be provided in digital format to registrants by Jan. 30. Registrants will be notified by email that conference materials are available to download. We will provide printed materials to those who opt to reserve a printed, spiral bound conference materials.  (typically over 300 pages) This option has expired.


Exhibitor / Vendor Space is available. Space is limited, and on first come first serve basis. Reserve by Jan 27.  Register as an Exhibitor. Click here for Vendor Information. Contact is Danielle Williams at 480-965-2922.

 Net proceeds will go towards student scholarships for Indian law.

The Conference Hotel is now Sold Out, but there are many close hotels nearby.  Please look under the Travel/Hotel Tab to view alternative options. 

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MCLE Credits:   

This conference may qualify for 10.5 general CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credits for the state bar associations of Arizona and California.  Approval pending for New Mexico MCLE.  Please contact the conference co-coordinator at for information about CLE accreditation for other states.

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Conference Planning Committee:

  • Kate Rosier, Executive Director, Indian Legal Program,  Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Robert J. Miller, Faculty Director of the Rosette, LLP American Indian Economic Development Program
  • Robert A. Rosette, Partner, Rosette, LLP
  • Katherine Spilde, Ph.D., Associate Professor, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, San Diego State University and the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming
  • John B. Lewis, Chairman, Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority
  • Karrie S. Wichtman, Partner, Rosette, LLP

Conference Coordinator:

  • Darlene Lester, Program Coordinator,  Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (Off:  480.965.7715)

Rosette, LLP American Indian Economic Development Program

Any proceeds realized from this conference will go toward Indian Legal Program student scholarships in the field of Indian Law.

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