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Cybersecurity, Sports Betting, Hemp, and Child Welfare: 2020 Indian Law Updates


January 8, 2020

Tribes saw significant developments in the laws governing Indian country in 2019. Among those changes was a district court decision dismantling the forty-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a decision that is currently being reviewed by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Tribes also saw the development of new business opportunities and regulations in hemp production. Additionally, proposed and recently-enacted legislation at the state and federal levels could have significant impacts on tribal gaming and business operations, including the new cybersecurity law in California and a proposed amendment to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) regarding internet sports wagering.

Each of these major changes in the law will continue to evolve as the year 2020 progresses. We provide summaries of a few notable developments below.


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