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Negotiating and Drafting Dispute Resolution Provisions in Tribal Contracts

Total Credits: 1.25 CLE, 1.25 Ethics

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Indian Law |  Alternative Dispute Resolution
Chloe Villagomez
Original Program Date:
Sep 28, 2022


A tribe or tribal entity typically enters into hundreds of contracts per year.  Negotiating and drafting appropriate dispute resolution provisions in these contracts is an important way that tribes can protect their sovereignty and other interests.  
CLE focuses on: 

  • Identifying and addressing waivers (or potential waivers) of sovereign immunity, 
  • Crafting appropriate dispute resolution processes, and 
  • Considering other contractual provisions for preventing and handling disputes. 
The discussion will also cover things to keep in mind in drafting indemnification provisions, limitations of liability, governing law provisions, choice-of-forum provisions, and arbitration provisions.
Chloe Thompson Villagomez, Principal, Foster Garvey PC
Doreen McPaul, Attorney General, Navajo Nation; President, Tribal In-House Counsel Association
Virjinya TorrezAssistant Attorney General, Pascua Yaqui Tribe; Secretary, Tribal In-House Counsel Association



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Chloe Thompson Villagomez is a Principal at Foster Garvey PC in Seattle.  She has represented tribes and tribal entities since 2005.  Before joining Foster Garvey, she served as head of the Legal Department for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe; as Associate General Counsel of Port Madison Enterprises, the business arm of the Suquamish Tribe; and as an attorney at Olson, Allen & Rasmussen, LLC, a Minnesota law firm dedicated to representing tribes and tribal entities.  Ms. Villagomez has also taught Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and Indian Gaming Law courses at Seattle University School of Law.  Ms. Villagomez holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.