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DECEMBER 20, 2015


Indian Tribes, Dams and National Security
with Lawrence Kogan
APPEARANCES    SEP 13, 2015     NOV 22, 2015    DEC 20, 2015    MAR 20, 2016   APR 24,2016
Lawrence Kogan is the managing principal of the Kogan Law Group and president and CEO of the Institute for Trade, Standards, and Sustainable Development.
(Licensed in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC)
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Lawrence Kogan possesses more than 25 years of international business and law experience counseling public and private clients on cross-border transactional, planning and policy matters, enabling recognition of the legislative, regulatory, policy, and trade and investment risks and opportunities their activities may engender. Since 2003, he has briefed U.S. industry and various U.S. federal agencies, executive offices and congressional committees concerning how emerging foreign environmental, health and safety, and intellectual property laws, regulations and technical product standards are impacting U.S. business' profitability, technological innovation and international competitiveness.

To serve the broader interests of these constituencies, in 2004, he established a New Jersey-based nonprofit legal research, educational and advocacy organization (the Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD)). The ITSSD is a globally recognized NGO for reporting and analysis of the growing influence of evolving foreign and international public interest rules on private property rights and the American free enterprise and common law systems. These educational initiatives led to his serving, during 2007, as part-time Adjunct Professor of International Trade Law & Policy at Seton Hall University's Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and to his ongoing participation in U.S. and foreign industry, university and government. He is also an established author with numerous internationally referenced peer-reviewed articles appearing in U.S. and foreign law, economics, and policy editions, journals, and news media publications.

Prior to engaging in his currently focused international law and policy work, Lawrence served as General Counsel and Chief Operations Officer of an affiliated group of U.S.-based textiles products manufacturing and import-export firms. While functioning in these capacities, he was responsible for U.S. and foreign product procurement, manufacturing, logistics and division sales operations; he also negotiated, drafted and oversaw product and intellectual property licensing, product representation/distribution, finance and insurance arrangements, and managed the integration of once distinct businesses. He also worked as a senior attorney within the tax departments of two international public accounting firms, specializing in international corporate income and excise tax and international trade (customs) transactional, planning and compliance issues on behalf of multinational clients operating in the manufacturing, electronics, banking, insurance, publishing, advertising, and resort sectors.

Lawrence earned his Masters in Taxation at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a graduate of The University of Miami School of Law and Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy/Political Theory.

Supplementary information about Mr. Kogan is accessible here.
Setting the Record Straight About Our Kerr Dam Lawsuit and Turkey
By Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq.
As the readership of the Western Ag Reporter may recall, on September 2, 2015, my law firm filed suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on behalf of two Montana State Senators and a Montana-based recreational enterprise. The action challenged the administration’s historical condition-free conveyance of Kerr Dam to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). As the result of this filing, my co-counsel, a former Defense Department Inspector General, and I were taken to task by the national <  and local press.

As the direct result of this reporting, we counsels and our clients had been castigated by the U.S. State Department and by the local liberal press  as racially biased and conspiracy minded. This eventually caused our clients to seek voluntary withdrawal of this action, but without prejudice. However, as subsequent publicly available facts have come to light, it has become more apparent that our lawsuit had actually struck a sensitive chord within the Obama administration by publicly exposing highly questionable policies that officials preferred remained covered up.

Our lawsuit alleged that said transfer had been deceptively achieved via a public hearing-free process and procedure, a series of numerous substantive FERC-approved nonpublic DOI amendments of the Kerr Dam operating license, and key FERC regulatory waivers. These included waivers of dam acquisition, license transfer, safety inspection and public reporting and transparency-related regulatory requirements which arguably endanger the public welfare and safety of northwestern Montana residents. The lawsuit also questioned the sensitive national security clearances granted to the CSKT to assist the U.S. military services in undertaking uranium mill tailing spill cleanups and rendering software-based logistical support in procuring parts for the Saudi Arabia and other foreign air forces.

Moreover, our lawsuit questioned the motivations underlying the Government of Turkey’s outreach to 14 federally recognized tribes, including the CSKT, and, in particular, Turkey’s direct lobbying for a DOI-oversight-free reservations leasing law. Our lawsuit also alleged that the CSKT and other HEARTH Act-approving Native American tribes were naively supportive of Turkey doing business on their reservations. Furthermore, our lawsuit surmised that Turkey and the internationally recognized terrorist groups it is known to harbor could have intentions inconsistent with U.S. national interests – e.g., the potential building of madrassas and spreading Islam among Native Americans and the potential pursuit of materiel for nuclear weapons.

Since its filing, however, subsequently discovered publicly available information concerning the Obama administration’s Turkey, open borders, and greater tribal sovereignty policies and initiatives sheds new light on the allegations contained in our prior lawsuit. In an effort to set the record straight about our Kerr Dam lawsuit and its Turkey-focused allegations, a knowledgeable colleague and I recently prepared a web-accessible working paper entitled, Highly Questionable Turkey, Open Border & Greater Tribal Sovereignty Policies Together Undermine U.S. National Security . This working paper endeavors to relate the national security-oriented facts and allegations contained in our prior lawsuit to subsequently discovered publicly available information concerning this administration's Turkey, open borders, and greater tribal sovereignty policies and initiatives. It then cross-analyzes these otherwise distinct and separate policy areas to show how their implementation together serves to undermine U.S. national security and the security of all Montanans.

We invite the editors of the Western Ag Reporter and its multi-state readership to review our working paper and to judge for themselves whether, based on such information, reasonable persons can conclude that our prior lawsuit’s allegations against Turkey were rather prescient, and that, consequently, U.S. national security and the security of Montana’s and other states’ irrigators are being greatly undermined.

Lawrence Kogan

Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq.
The Kogan Law Group, P.C.
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