Tribal Government Accounting

BKD National Public Sector Group has extensive experience serving self-governing Indian tribes. We understand the requirements of federal programs like Indian Health Service Annual Funding Agreements, The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 and Bureau of Indian Affairs Self-Governance Compacts. We are also experienced with the requirements of many compacts with the state and federal governments. Our experience assists our group of professionals to quickly learn your operations with minimal disruption to your staff.

Gaming Operations

Tribal gaming is rapidly expanding, both in the number of casinos and volume of business. This growth increases the need for tribal organizations to effectively operate and manage these expanding businesses while still protecting the tribe’s investment and following gaming industry regulations. We can provide assistance with numerous areas of your operation, including the following:

BKD advisors have experience providing external audit services to tribal gaming operations and other tribal organizations in Oklahoma and surrounding states. This includes audits of:

  • Tribal casinos
  • Horse racing activities governed by state horse racing commissions
  • Special audits required by various tribal-state compacts
  • Employee benefit plans

MICS Compliance, Internal Audit & Control
BKD professionals have experience performing agreed-upon procedures and attestation examinations in compliance with the requirements of the National Indian Gaming Commission. We can provide Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS)-compliant internal audit services for the Native American gaming industry. In addition, BKD advisors can help you evaluate, document and improve your operational, internal control and external financial reporting systems.

Forensic Accounting
BKD’s Forensics & Valuation Services division includes industry and service experts, a consulting attorney, forensic accountants and certified forensic examiners. Services include:

  • Fraud prevention consulting & training
  • Fraud investigation services
  • Computer forensics
  • Litigation support
  • Expert testimony

Governmental Services

Aside from tribal gaming, BKD also provides many other services that can be beneficial to Native American organizations, including the following:

  • Information technology consulting
  • Risk management technology
  • Accounting outsourcing
  • Due diligence
  • Investment & financial planning
  • Tax services

With approximately 400 government clients, BKD National Governmental Group has the experience and expertise needed to help organizations enhance performance and maintain compliance. Our professionals actively serve as participants, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors in regional and national associations for government and tribal organizations, including:

  • Association of Government Accountants
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • National Indian Gaming Association
  • Native American Finance Officers Association
  • National Tribal Gaming Commissioner/Regulators
  • Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association
  • Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Regulators Association

Potential Benefits
The services BKD provides to tribal organizations offer a multitude of potential benefits:

  • More reliable financial information
  • Improved internal control systems
  • Improved compliance

BKD provides unmatched client service by applying our technical expertise and disciplined solution delivery to your management and financial needs.

Kevin Kemp


Rob MaCoy


Andy Richards


Joel Haaser

Managing Director

Cherokee Nation

“BKD’s technical expertise in both tribal government and business is valuable to the Cherokee Nation. Their attention to detail and responsiveness exceeds expectations.”

— Lacey A. Horn, Treasurer
Cherokee Nation
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

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