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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Native American Law for Oklahoma on

Q: Who do i contact concerning conditions of a city jail?

The jail is inhumane, uninhabitable, and the inmates are mistreated. No running water, no working toilets in any of the cells, they are allowed 2 phone calls and that's it, they will let you sit and rot before allowing you another phone call, women having their menstrual cycles are denied pads,... Read more »

Keegan Kelley Harroz answered on Aug 5, 2019

You need to discuss your case with a civil rights attorney. If you go down this road it will be expensive and time consuming, so you may have to seek help from a nonprofit, which can be hard, but not impossible. The ACLU is a good place to start. Unfortunately, your experience is more common than... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Family Law and Native American Law for California on

Q: My mother is a immigrant And we are scared about her getting arrested by ice.

My mother has lived here for 20+ years . She came from Mexico to flee crime and for a better life . We live in California and she has 3 kids that were born here. She doesn’t have a criminal record. She has a stable job and has never been arrested or pulled over by the law. All this news with the... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler answered on Jul 4, 2019

The alleged plan is to look for people with final deportation orders, but incidental to a search, ICE may find others, ask questions and consider whether to detain, release and serve a notice to appear in immigration court.

It can help to review your situation and hers, but it is unclear...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Native American Law for Oklahoma on

Q: What would be a reason we are still in emergency temporary guardianship 16 months later?

We have had guardianship of our granddaughter since birth. Its been 16 months and our hearings keep getting continued. We have asked that a motion be filed for permanent guardianship but we get told "no we dont want to do that we are going for guardianship". Isnt a law that after 6 months of a... Read more »

Hans Otto Lehr answered on Jun 28, 2019

There are several different reasons why an "emergency" guardianship may be continued, and they are all very fact-specific and case-specific. It is not uncommon for different Judges in different counties to handle how they continue "emergencies."

As to your second point, I would need to see...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Native American Law for California on

Q: I'm an American Indian born in Canada trying to obtain a Permanent Resident Card to live and work in the United States.

I'm an American Indian born in Canada trying to obtain a Permanent Resident Card to live and work in the United States. I have a confirmation of registration letter from Indian Affairs to prove I am status indian. I want to know what other steps I need to take to become a citizen?

Scott E Beemer answered on Jun 11, 2019

Hello,

American Indians born in Canada (with at least 50% American Indian blood) cannot be denied admission to the United States. However, a record of admission for permanent residence will be created if an American Indian born in Canada wishes to reside permanently in the United States....
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1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for California on

Q: I was notified I was fired from my position at Tribal TANF program for whistleblowing, while on bereavement leave.

I am a director of a Tribal TANF program. Two days ago, a council meeting happened to discuss how to terminate me. ( I will disclose the detail offline) I also am aware of that at least two of the Council members, and the Deputy Director met before the meeting to attempt to use this information to... Read more »

Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 1, 2019

I am sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, the laws of California and the federal government likely will not apply to your situation. Rather, the laws of the tribal nation where the business is located would be those that will apply to you, and only someone with specific knowledge of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Native American Law for New Mexico on

Q: Can a judge accept a finding of fact from one party and deny the same finding of fact from another party?

Our lawyers filed similar if not exact same findings of facts for our CYFD case, and he accepted some on mine and denied the same ones on his, and vice versa. Our lawyers are out of the office, so we can't ask them yet, but can the judge allow a fact from my finding and deny the same fact on my... Read more »

Scott E Beemer answered on Apr 26, 2019

Hello,

Unfortunately, you have stated you are represented by counsel and it would therefore be unethical to comment as per ABA Rule 4.2.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Native American Law for California on

Q: disabled person who hired a paralegal who wasn't really a paralegal come to find out, she lied to me

all the paperwork she did was wrong she missed a court date for a demurrer. My friend paid her 2k cause I have 0 money and now I don't know what to do about this matter. The court granted the request of the demurrer and I have no clue what just happened. Per the ADA I can ask for a special... Read more »

Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Mar 15, 2019

It is always a good idea to get references when hiring a paralegal. I believe you need to hire an attorney. A Paralegal is not allowed to practice law. Sorry you were taken. You have not stated what type of case it is , so no one can answer this or give you advice. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Native American Law for New Mexico on

Q: Acoma Pueblo is a sovereign nation. So cyfd and Acoma Pueblo are Collaborated and cyfd took custody of my children. But

We domicile on the Acoma Pueblo . So who has the jurisdiction of this case? We have went to court adjudicatory hearing and cyfd attorney had to do a continuance on this hearing 3 times already. To my knowledge cyfd should have already transferred or gave the Tribal courts jurisdiction, over my... Read more »

Scott E Beemer answered on Feb 28, 2019

Hello,

I am sorry to hear of your situation.

Dealing with a State Agency on Tribal Lands can be a complex situation. Today many tribes have entered into Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA) with the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) of the State as it pertains to the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Native American Law for Oklahoma on

Q: Is there any way to find documentation for a paternity test that was done in the early 90's for Child support?

I'm needing to prove that my dad is my dad. He wasnt on my original birth certificate but later did a paternity test for child support. We need a court ordered DNA test (which is my 2nd option) so I can apply for a cdib card if I cant locate this info. It seems to have been lost over the years but... Read more »

Pete David Louden answered on Feb 17, 2019

You can get a copy of the child support order from the court clerk.

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for Maryland on

Q: Is the removal of the indians from their land legal or illegal based on their agreements

Scott E Beemer answered on Feb 14, 2019

Hello,

Unfortunately, this is an overly broad question to answer. There is much more information needed to accurately address your inquiry. Which Nation, tribe and agreement (i.e. Indian Removal Act of 1830 by President Andrew Jackson and the Five Nations)? What era (Presidents Washington,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Native American Law for Washington on

Q: Are GOV vehicles registered to a tribe required to have insurance if driven off the reservation?

23 year old tribal member involved in accident off the reservation. No insurance, but is a GOV truck registered to the tribe. Who is held liable, non-insured driver or the tribe that's the registered owner?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 23, 2019

Generally both. Tribal law governs on tribal land. Take the vehicle outside the rez or national boundary, then the state law applies. However tribe should have some type of umbrella policy.

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for New Mexico on

Q: Ok my children got taken away from us by CYFD. And we live on reservation right. So so who takes jurisdiction?

And could this case be dismissed if the tribe and CYFD didnt follow procedure?

Scott E Beemer answered on Jan 22, 2019

Hello,

I am sorry to hear of your situation.

In New Mexico the following tribes have agreements with CYFD:

Mescalero Apache

Navajo Nation

Pueblo of Jemez

Pueblo of Tesuque

Therefore, if you are a member of these tribes CYFD will have...
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Q: What is the monety amou t required bond or surety for a city manager

None

Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 31, 2018

You could try reposting this question and including Municipal Law under your categories. It might have a better chance of being picked up there.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Civil Rights and Native American Law for Illinois on

Q: Could I sue someone for using a logo that's part of my religion

Logo is demeaning to my Race. A misuse of it's sole purpose and descrimnates my heritage and culture as a Native American

Gary Kollin answered on Oct 21, 2018

You can sue for anything. Whether it will be a viable suit or have any legal merit is another thing.

Sounds like you want to sue the Washington Redskins. Read (google) all the articles. Do you think there is a reason no one else is suing?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Native American Law for California on

Q: We are now ha the jurisdictional level in the Indian Bureau has not been made aware that my daughter is possibly Indians

We are now at the jurisdictional level and had it not been for me bringing it up once again the Indian Bureau has yet to be notified up until the 18th of this month about my daughter and possible Navajo Indian is that a violation of her due process rights? And what can I do and can I appeal a... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Sep 27, 2018

Hire a lawyer familiar with Navajo law

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Native American Law for New York on

Q: Hello I am a concerned father,my son was convicted at trial for a case he never knew nothing about and lost at trial

We obtain private legal representation and they never came to see my son.he just got sentence to 10yrs and has no record the attorneys were inaffected

Aubrey Claudius Galloway answered on Jul 18, 2018

This seems like a miscarriage of justice to me; of course, I would need to read the trial transcript and speak to all necessary parties, but I hope you guys are filed a notice of appeal because this case needs to be appealed.

My practice is chiefly concerns criminal law, and I have been...
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1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law and Probate for Oklahoma on

Q: My great grandfather died without a will and has oil land in Oklahoma still . My grandmother is passed .do I have rights

Has an error to claiming any of that my grandmother was taken from her family and 1930s and never saw her family again. We just in the last five years found out about this land . I have been trying to find somebody to talk to to maybe point me in the right direction . I would love to tell you more

Richard Winblad answered on Apr 17, 2018

Possibly, It’s really answer this question requires a lot more information from you I suggest: a attorney that handles probate. If your grandmother theater was entitled to inherit then your parent ( grandmother’s child ) could also inherit

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Native American Law for Illinois on

Q: A company working for a tribal payday loan company threatened to issue an arrest warrant for non payment?Live in Ill.

I spoke with a guy who works for a debt collection company who currently has a debt from a payday loan I took out from a tribal payday loan company. I tried to comply and pay a portion but he refused my amount and said an arrest warrant will be issued. Can this really happen?

Steve McCann answered on Mar 27, 2018

No it cannot, and it is a blatant violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Do you have any written evidence of the threat? In any event, refrain from speaking with the debt collector and contact an attorney immediately. Many of us offer free consultations, and will advise as to your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on

Q: I am wanting full custody of my three children? Being a single mom, I can't afford a lawyer. What do I do?

The father isn't a safe person, he drinks constantly, doesn't show up on Fridays to pick them up(court-ordered), doesn't notify me either, doesn't buckle up my children in car seats while driving, has random people around them. I'm scared of my kids safety while he has them, I can't afford a... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 11, 2018

Sorry, but with so many issues, and for the safety of the kids, You should consult an experienced Family Law Attorney, in your area, for help with these problems.

Please visit my website https://www.garyjdean.com and Subscribe for updates on Oklahoma Law.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Native American Law for Maryland on

Q: Do I have to repay a tribal loan?

I live in Maryland. Their interest rates are illegal in Maryland.

Mark Oakley answered on Feb 13, 2018

It may depend on where the loan was made. If it was legal where made, it may be legal to enforce in MD. If the loan was made here in MD, or solicited here in MD, then the lender is required to be licensed in MD for many types of consumer loans, and the loan is subject to MD laws.

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