Helping Tribal Governments Protect Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Advocate for American Indian nations and Native-owned businesses


Business and Economic Development

Doing business in Indian Country presents unique challenges and opportunities.  It is well understood that the need for tribal economic development and diversification is great.  Most Indian nations and tribes, regardless of whether they have successful gaming enterprises, must develop and expand their economies.  Indian nations are sovereign governments with their own legal systems, but must also consider U.S. federal and sometimes state laws relevant in establishing businesses on tribal lands.  Moreover, navigating the unique cultural and political environments of tribal societies adds to the challenges of tribal economics development. 

Robert Odawi Porter is experienced in successfully navigating the unique business development environment of Indian nations and tribes.  He can serve as your attorney on a particular business development project being contemplated on tribal lands anywhere [within the United States.]

Odawi Law PLLC can assist clients in the following areas:

Tribal Business Management

Establishing the appropriate management structure to develop successful businesses in Indian Country / provide strategic advice on improving management practices.

Joint Venture Formation

Identifying potential tribal government, Indian or non-Indian business partners / structuring tribal business joint ventures / identifying experienced developers and construction managers.

Access to Investment Capital

Identifying sources of banking and investment capital to support your start-up operation or your established tribal enterprise.

Tribal Holding Company Development

Drafting and implementing tribal laws necessary to support the development of tribal government-owned holding companies to support economic diversification.


Creating the tribal legal environment necessary to support private-sector businesses / providing advice to Indian-owned businesses.