Tribal Sovereignty is a primary American Indian Law ConceptTribal Sovereignty is a primary
American Indian Law Concept
American Indian tribes have Tribal Sovereignty, which simply means they have sovereign immunity to lawsuits similar to many other government entities.  In some ways, tribal sovereignty goes beyond the sovereign immunity extended to other government units, like states or cities.

This might make a tribal government seem more like a foreign government, but in reality court cases have chipped away at total sovereignty.

However, if you're doing business with an Indian tribe, you may be under the authority of a sovereign tribal government - and your right to sue may be severely limited.

Failure to understand Tribal Sovereignty can be very expensive

As the former director of a Tribal legal services office, I can't tell you how many cases were dismissed simply because contracts didn't take tribal sovereignty into account.  An outside law firm would file suit and lose their case out of hand.

Disputes will occur in today's society. Indian law attorney Brian Utsey can help you write a contract that will set aside tribal sovereignty.  As long as both parties feel the contract is fair and sign it in good faith, it will be upheld in Tribal, State, or Federal Court.

Arizona's Indian Tribes need your products and services

Arizona's Indian tribes have need of many services and products and are good customers.  Outside companies just need to take justified precautions with specialized contract language that will stand up in Tribal court should the need arise.  Attorney Brian Utsey will help you make sure you're treated fairly.

Call the Law Offices of Brian Utsey at 480-538-5024


Brian Utsey, Attorney at Law, serves clients with family law, estate planning and Indian law concerns in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area including Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Casa Grande, El Mirage, Eloy, Florence, Fountain Hills, Goodyear, Maricopa, Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, & Surprise. We also serve clients from all of Arizona's Indian Tribes: Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa-Ak Chin Indian Reservation, Cocopah Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation.

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