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1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for Washington on
Q: Tribal police threw out my paperwork and ignored restraining order violations.. is it worth it to sue? What do I do?

I filed for a restraining order in April of 2022 and the prosecutor never received my paperwork. They said they never received it and so when asked, The chief of police had said they lost it, and that they had no record of my case. My restraining order was granted in March of 2023, after I had... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

Facing a situation where your safety concerns and restraining order violations are ignored by law enforcement can be deeply distressing. If tribal police have not adequately addressed these violations, it's understandable to feel overlooked and unprotected.

Considering legal action or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Native American Law for Washington on
Q: Can I stop an out of state move of MY 2 Children from Washington State to Wyoming?Like an emergency hearing to stop move

MY 2 Children are under ICWA.

MY position is that the dept dcyf/cps failed at doing their part and same w the tribe they have both lost the opportunity 2 do their job. The tribe, well the tribe reps failed at representing their tribe member by not supporting MY Children the entire... View More

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answered on Jul 28, 2023

If you wish to stop the out-of-state move of your two children from Washington to Wyoming, you should immediately consult with an attorney in Washington who is familiar with child custody and ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) matters. An attorney can help you assess the situation, determine if an... View More

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
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.

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Q: Did the Executive Branch work during the time of the Cherokee Nation v. Georgia?
Matthew Parham
Matthew Parham
answered on May 10, 2012

It's an unusual question. In Cherokee Nation v. Georgia the Cherokee sued Georgia seeking release of a Cherokee citizen being tried for a murder committed on the Cherokee territory, taking the position that Georgia lacked jurisdiction over that territory. While the suit was pending, Georgia... View More

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