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FAQs for Indian Tribal Governments regarding Terminology

These frequently asked questions and answers are provided for general information only and should not be cited as any type of legal authority. They are designed to provide the user with information required to respond to general inquiries. Due to the uniqueness and complexities of Indian law and Federal tax law, it is imperative to ensure a full understanding of the specific question presented, and to perform the requisite research to ensure a correct response is provided.



  1. What is a distribution?
  2. What is Indian Country?
  3. What is a reservation?
  4. What is an Indian allotment?
  5. What was the General Allotment Act?
  6. What is the General Welfare Doctrine?
  7. What is the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act?
  8. What is a Possessory Holding?
  9. What are mineral headrights?
  10. What is the Economic Benefit Doctrine?


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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 18-Nov-2013