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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Native American Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a tribe decide to transfer a case of tribe member 2 tribal court from state court if crime was not on indian proprty

Multiple charges, drug related at a residence of a tribal member. Kids custody affected, and defendant is being treated with cruel an strange threats and absurd penalties

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 15, 2021

Not only can then, but if it's an abuse or neglect case, different rules apply and the tribal court would have jurisdiction.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law, Legal Malpractice and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there is remedy or justice available out there other than Legal Aid for people who have been screwed over

I know Ive heard of Pro Bono but does that service even exists - I was represented by a legal aid attorney recently and I would have been better off representing my self.

Anna L Self
Anna L Self
answered on Sep 1, 2021

Most pro bono attorneys are referred cases that Legal Aid does not have time to handle.

There are very few resources for free legal services other than legal aid unless you are Native American. If you are Native American then you can contact the tribe to see if they have free legal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Who do i contact when Apts refuse to make needed repairs in section 8 approved apts?

My pregnant daughter and four grand babies are living in a section 8 approved apts that will not make much need repairs I have pics of the black mold on bathroom ceiling walls doors, whole in kitchen ceiling from upstairs flooding, hallway moled carpet soak in water to wear maggots are on carpet... Read more »

Anna L Self
Anna L Self
answered on Jul 13, 2021

I would contact Legal Aid if you can't get assistance from the Housing Authority that runs your section 8 program. I would also keep trying with the Housing Authority. In OKC, they have to approve the home before it qualifies for section 8 and it sounds like the apartments should not be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Native American Law, Family Law and Adoption for Utah on
Q: My son wants his stepfather to adopt him, but my son and I are Native American. Can we still file for ourselves in Utah?

My son and I are both members of a federally recognized tribe. We do not live on the reservation. I assume ICWA will apply, but as neither biological father or step father are Native American, I am sure my tribe would consent. Bio father has not contacted my son or paid child support in over 5... Read more »

Jason F. Barnes
Jason F. Barnes
answered on Jul 8, 2021

Hello. ICWA is applicable and very complicated when it comes to adoption cases, and the forms on the court's website are for basic adoptions. Honestly, I am surprised that the court's website has adoption forms at all, as there are many varieties of adoption cases and overall they are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Native American Law for Michigan on
Q: Requesting parenting time because of a move ahead of us and changing my child's residence?

court-ordered to stay in the county unless other parent okays it

we both have legal and joint custody

parenting time is currently not court specified as we live together but don't couple.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 7, 2021

You will likely need to file a motion with the court if there is no agreement. If the child is in school, the staying parent will likely be granted primary physical custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Native American Law for California on
Q: Can my employer force me to wear a mask and threaten termination if I have a medical condition?
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Jun 27, 2021

Your employer can require you to wear a mask. If you have a medical note indicating that you cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, that does not mean you get to take the mask off and work like you did before the pandemic. Rather, the employer as the obligation at that time to determine... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Domestic Violence, Native American Law and Securities Law for California on
Q: Dose pachanga security have a right to put their hands on me due to haveing no I'd on my person far from 21 , 43?

Wasn't in casino took dog out to potty security approached ?about my Id in witch I had none boyfriend did .I was demanded to leave in a direction I did know at all I explained I'm not going that way and I'm going back inside to buy breakfast and then I was going to leave I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jun 1, 2021

Contact a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)--they give free consults. It's possible you have a case though I'm not sure if it is likely to cover the costs of bringing it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Libel & Slander and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: they sold my deceased families land & oil & gas minerals without me lnowing and without my consent!

i have to pay everything back for mentioning someone who i caught in my properties. i never whistleblowed.i never wanted to sell proprties now what do i do?

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr
answered on Apr 16, 2021

There is not enough information here to answer. You don't say who sold the property and why. You don't say what monies you are having to pay back and to whom. You should assemble all of your documents related to this matter and consult with an attorney to determine what the issues are and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Native American Law for California on
Q: I was injured in an attack by a patron while at The Spa Casino in Palm Springs. Medical bills $20k, how to proceed?

I have until May 15th to settle any claims against them. I am 71yrs. old.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Apr 12, 2021

more info will be needed.

you should contact a Personal Injury Lawyer asap....and one that understands Indian Law, as they have their own tribal court..........assuming you are going after them.

you will have to show why the casino might be responsible for a patron's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Native American Law for Utah on
Q: I’m not on the birth certificate and I haven’t taken a paternity test and I don’t want to be apart of it what can I do ?

I don’t want to be apart of the child’s life

Paul Waldron
Paul Waldron
answered on Apr 9, 2021

You are not required to spend any time with the child.

As for child support, unfortunately you can only wait for the other shoe to drop or deal with the issue definitively. If you want to simply deal with the issue, you can obtain a paternity test; there are various ways to make this...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: can i lose my parental rights if i sign perimission to another family member to have partial parental rights?

my daughter lives with my cousin in another town because she is going to school there. They want to get her teeth fixed but in order for them to get her on their military insurance, she has to be part of their family so they want me to sign some kind of temporary parental control or something like... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Apr 1, 2021

Parental rights in Oklahoma are only terminated in connection with an adoption or for abuse/neglect in a deprived child action. If there is a guardianship where someone else has control of your kids that does not terminate your rights, but it can give that person the right to have possession of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law, Personal Injury and Gaming for California on
Q: Chemical burns at Indian should I proceed?

I was recently can really meet at a California Indian casino when I suffered chemical burns on the back of my legs due to sitting down on a chair that had been treated with the chemicals that they spray to disinfect against Covid. This caused me severe pain and swelling and caused me to go into... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Mar 28, 2021

more info needed.

you may have a case but the complicating factor is you need not only a PI lawyer but one with experience suing Indian tribes

google for local PI lawyers to see if they have this kind of experience.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for California on
Q: Can cps detain and continue detainment based on one positive drug test? Can it be a er test? Only allegation on case?

Er didn't notify us test was even being done. It was a dip stick test with no 2nd confirmation test. One positive test followed by 6 negitive tests including on day of birth mom and baby tested clean. Cord blood came back clean. Mother has no criminal history of any kind, minor and adult.... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Dec 26, 2020

More information is needed. The mother needs to find and obtain a lawyer with experience in Indian Child Welfare law in order to protect and assert her rights. If she needs your assistance, you need to remember that she will be the client and few attorneys will get involved in advising a client... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Native American Law for California on
Q: What type of attorney is needed for medical malpractice within a tribal health facility? And where is one found please?

I was informed that requires more than a regular public medical malpractice attorney due to jurisdictional limitations dealing with tribal heath facilities. Thank you for your time!

Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway
answered on Dec 10, 2020

Not from my understanding

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Native American Law for North Dakota on
Q: Do I have rights to view business policies and privacy policies from say a tribal newspaper operations?

And is there a state law protecting the name of minors?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne
answered on Nov 19, 2020

There is no such right bestowed upon you. Your second question is too vague.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Native American Law for Arizona on
Q: Co-trustee and current beneficiary wants to resign and make me Trustee of Land trust - I'm successor and 2nd beneficiary

The Trustor was my Uncle, and he died in 2017. He and his ex-wife are co-trustees for the land trust, I believe his name is still on it because she couldn't get a death certificate (they divorced in 1987). The ex-wife wants to resign as co-trustee and walk away, leaving me the trust and... Read more »

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley
answered on Oct 26, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. This sounds like quite a difficult process.

I don't want to give you any advice, based upon what you wrote. Here is what I think you need to do:

1. Determine the value of the real estate, and whether or not the real estate is in the trust to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Personal Injury and Native American Law for Kansas on
Q: I am looking for a lawyer who works with federal cases. Pertaining Administrative law on trust land.

OSHA violation

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 24, 2020

From your post, it appears you are looking for a lawyer and you have been waiting two weeks for a response. But this is not a law firm or lawyer referral service. It is only a Question and Answer board, for brief answers to general legal questions. You could conduct independent searches on your own... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: can Title 22. Criminal Procedure §22-445. Transfer to county of proper venue be used when dealing with a Native American
Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim
answered on Oct 16, 2020

Subject Matter Jurisdiction issues are being argued based on McGirt and Murphy cases in Oklahoma. You need to be on a role and have a CBID card that shows you have a blood quantum. Further the crime must have occurred on Muskogee/Creek territory. I believe there has just been a ruling regarding... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Native American Law for North Carolina on
Q: My son's father is suing me for custody. Should I motion to dismiss? Or motion for summary judgement?

Improper venue- we live in different counties. I'm enrolled in a Native American tribe in ANOTHER county. My son lives with me. Yet, he could provide records our child lived with him last, only because he transfered our son to a different school, without my consent or knowledge. I didn't... Read more »

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
answered on Sep 3, 2020

I am going to give a total cop-out answer, but you really need to speak with a local family law attorney. There appears to be a lot going on in your case, and I am hesitant to give advice because I feel like I don't know the whole story.

I highly doubt that a motion to dismiss or a...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Domestic Violence and Native American Law for Minnesota on
Q: Are charges possible 2 do on a incarcerated inmate with felony assaults,multiple domestics,terroristic threats&stalking?

The only contact was the inmates texter and phone calls. The inmate was told several times to stop calling and texting but has continued to do so with disrespectful remarks and unbelievable name calling along with telling other inmates that the person is a ratchet jail pass around then distributed... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey
answered on Sep 1, 2020

It sounds like there is a possibility of charges for harassment, stalking, unwanted phone calls, etc. If you wanted to pursue charges the avenue would be to report it to police.

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