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Feb 2-3, 2017 Conference

Wiring the Rez:  Expanding the Borders of Indian Country through E-Commerce

Second Annual Tribal Government E-Commerce CLE Conference

 Live Event was held:  

Thursday, February 11 – Friday, February 12, 2016
at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, AZ

Although this conference was held back in February 2016,
the online video proceedings of this conference are available for purchase. Conference materials and speaker presentations made available with the videorecording. 

Join us in exploring the emerging world of Tribal Digital Sovereignty and the way it can provide jobs, economic growth, and necessary governmental funds for Indian nations. The Indian country digital revolution, of course, must start, as does the conference, with the challenge of wiring the Rez to capitalize on e-commerce opportunities. The first day of the conference will be devoted to that challenge. The second day of the conference will explore various e-commerce and telecommunications opportunities on which Indian nations have seized upon to build their economies and provide jobs and necessary governmental resources for their people, including telecommunications and broadcast industries, financial services, internet gaming and on-line sales.
The goal of this conference is to explore the ongoing need for tribes to build infrastructures that facilitate economic growth on their reservations, choosing the best projects, finding the right partners, understanding jurisdictional complexities and the necessity of fostering open dialogue with federal and state counterparts, while complying with appropriate federal guidelines.Colonialism, removal and relocation left many Indian nations with small reservations, often far removed from traditional trading routes and frequently remote from modern centers of commerce. Thus, the physical realities of modern Indian country sometimes hampers or limits the economic opportunities available for Indian nations. Just as the digital revolution, telecommunications technologies, and digitally-driven revolutions in logistics have permitted initially small start-up companies like Google, Amazon, and, more recently, Prosper, to reach out, communicate with, and serve customers in world-wide locations far beyond their physical locations, so the digital revolution poses unique business and political opportunities for tribes to extend their reach to markets never previously imagined.

This conference will bring together tribal leaders and officials, lawyers practicing in Indian country, on and off reservation economic planning and development experts, media developers, business and finance specialists, virtual casino managers and executives, online vendors and entrepreneurs, regulatory experts, telecom vendors and providers, and cutting‐edge scholars. They will explore the Tribal Digital Sovereignty Revolution that holds potential promise in ameliorating the geographic challenges imposed on many Indian nations by colonialism, removal, and relocation.


Conference Registration Rates                              

Online Video Recording now available $450.00
Regular Rate: $500.00 ends Feb. 8, at 5 p.m.  (online registration closes)
Walk-In Rate: $575.00 starts Feb. 11, at 7:30 a.m. (based upon availability) Space is limited

 Net proceeds will go towards student scholarships for Indian law.

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MCLE Credits:

This conference may qualify for approximately 12 general CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credits for the state bar associations of Arizona and California.  The conference has been approved for 12.3 general CLE credits by 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
  • Traci L. Morris, Ph.D., Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University
  • 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
  • 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)


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

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