American Indian Nations and Indian peoples are pursuing business opportunities of every kind, including online e-commerce. One enormous advantage of online businesses is that they help solve some of the physical challenges that mostly-remote and mostly-rural Indian Country still faces today. E-Commerce opportunities have created thriving economies on some reservations, but they have also led to a complicated web of legal issues where state, tribal, and federal laws, policies, and interests can collide. Current tribal and individual Indian efforts to successfully operate ongoing endeavors, and to launch new ones, raise complicated economic and legal issues.
The goal of this conference is to explore the issues surrounding the development of Tribal Digital Sovereignty and e-Commerce in Indian Country. Experts will examine the shifting political, legal and tax landscape in Indian Country, explore modern business models including: tribal operation of technology and data centers, online lending, online sports betting, blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. We will also review jurisdictional and regulatory complexities and address the necessity of fostering open dialogue with federal and state counterparts, and the possible implications to tribal sovereignty, and the ongoing need for tribes to finance and build infrastructures that facilitate economic growth on their reservations while complying with appropriate federal guidelines. Attorneys, scholars, financiers, tax, technology and gaming experts along with innovative tribal leaders will share strategies and practical implementations of diverse business models of current and future e-commerce and infrastructure enterprises to bridge the digital divide.