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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
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.

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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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a mothers rights be terminated while the mother is incarcerated?

Father and girfriend had child was removed by tribal dhs due to domestic violence and drug abuse.

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean answered on Nov 26, 2017

There is no real clear answer, you need to ask this again, and include a lot more facts. But generally, rights cannot be terminated very easily. You should see an experienced family law attorney to help you with this problem.

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2 Answers | Asked in Native American Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Maryland on
Q: How many variations can be covered in one patent? I created a gaming table that I foresee being done in Multiple ways.

Gaming table utilizes a clear surface, but that could be done via glass, plastic, etc.

Table is also able to be fliped over utilizing both sides, however this could be done manually, mechanically, or electronically

Also, I am "American Indian" and do not belong to a federally... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Nov 13, 2017

There is no limit how many variations of ONE invention you can cover.

But, you cannot claim more than one invention in one patent. If the Examiner thinks that the claims cover more than one invention, then he/she will issue a restriction and ask you to elect only one invention to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law, Consumer Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: my wife took 3 of my car titles in my name only to her indian tribe tag office and came back with titles and in her name

what can I do legaly and can I sue the tribe for this becacause she said the lady said to sign my name on there and she also signed my name on tax papers

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Oct 30, 2017

Gather the titles and any other info you have and schedule an appt with an attorney to review your case. After looking at everything you have they will be able to tell you your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: I need a native law lawyer for sexual harassment. I work for a native casino

I have been sexually harassed and it was caught on video by surveillance and because the harasser is related to members of the tribal council nothing is being done about it and the GM told me he didn't want to hear about this person sexually harassing me. I also reported it to HR and the... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jun 29, 2017

An employment lawyer should suffice, as you have a potential harassment, discrimination, and hostile work environment issue that needs review. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Native American Law for Florida on
Q: Can I get spousal support when my husband is in an Indian tribe? That's our only income

He was controlling and never let me work... been in this marriage for 9 years

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 16, 2017

Probably, but what is the kind of income you're asking about?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Native American Law for New Jersey on
Q: Do I have to pay back an illegal payday loan from a Native American reservation in New Jersey
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on May 20, 2017

No you do not. Depending on your overall financial situation, Bankruptcy may be right for you. An experienced Bankruptcy attorney will be able to determine which type of Bankruptcy is the correct one for you. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law and Constitutional Law on
Q: Is Trump suable by Natives over "Pocahontas" insults to Warren? He clearly intends it as a slur, & I am so offended.

This derogatory term been picked up by alt right. As a Native, I find this to be a racial slur & indefensible. Used to demean Warren, showing contempt for Natives. I am far beyond tolerating sports teams and fashion that misappropriate my culture in disrespect and disdain. Trump obviously sees... Read more »

Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on May 20, 2017

There are no grounds for a lawsuit as he does have a First Amendment Right to say things that are offensive to others. While one cannot "yell fire in a crowded theater," a person has a right to say inappropriate things without being sued.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Native American Law on
Q: In a compact of free association, can congress give US citizenship to the people of a sovereign country?
Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Apr 20, 2017

I am unsure of your question, but generally yes. The US can dictate who can become a citizen or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for Arizona on
Q: How do I get a post storage hearing on my vehicle which was towed without notice on tribal land

I have been denied a post storage hearing on my vehicle which was towed and now seized on tribunal land. I am the owner I was not the driver. No crime was committed, the driver was parked at a lake in the reservation, game and fish ran his ID, he had warrants,was taken into custody, I later learned... Read more »

Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Apr 3, 2017

This answer may vary depending on the state that you are in, but generally the state statutes have no effect on trust land. You need to look to the tribal code for your remedy. You may need to hire an attorney familiar with that tribal court.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Civil Litigation and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: the secretary of the interior,attorney general and secretary of treasury were all summoned.No answer.Past time.

Im acting Pro Se in a native american civil lawsuit.The District court I filed my complaint summoned the Secretary of Interior Ect.... because of jurisdiction.There has been no answer to my complaint and it is way past the time to answer. why isn't anyone responding to any motion I have asked for?... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 27, 2017

Did you have a summons properly served on each defendant?

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for Minnesota on
Q: Im half native american am i elligable for money
Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Mar 25, 2017

You need to look into what you need to do to become a member of your tribe. Every tribe is a separate sovereign, and each tribe has a variety of different benefits.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much power does a state have to regulate and tax and/or collect revenue from Tribal Casino's?

By tribal casino, I mean a casino on tribal lands and run by a tribal corportation.

Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Mar 25, 2017

The general rule is none, however each tribe enters into a "compact" with the state and the details of that compact govern any monies paid to state coffers.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Native American Law, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Native American foster children are being homeschooled in Ponotoc county Ok. Is this legal?

Foster children are being homeschooled and church at home. Live very secluded lives.

Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Mar 24, 2017

To home school children, there must be some form of approval and review. If this is being done without any proper paperwork in place or at least in the process, the children and foster parents could be subjected to truancy laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Native American Law for New Mexico on
Q: if my friend is in a Navajo Nation jail for missing a court date for housing eviction, why is his bail $1100.00?

Also, why were they only given 3 days to move out of the house when the notice was handed to them, while the notice said 5 days?

Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Mar 24, 2017

Without more details and this may be speculative, the bail may be based on a dollar amount that the landlord is trying to recover from past rent.

They may have been served with notice by mail, but was handed a copy later. Again, I don't have exactly enough information.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Native American Law for Oregon on
Q: I also have another question I was adopted when I was two days old to a white family and I'm native American .

My birth mom never told anyone she was pregnant with me and gave birth with me without anyone knowing. I'm one of the oldest in five kids which are all enrolled in the yurok tribe but because my father who is enrolled in the tribe along with all my brothers and sisters. But since I was adopted and... Read more »

Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Mar 21, 2017

You will need a DNA tests of yourself and father, birth certificates, and your father's CDIB card to help get this started. You have to work this thru your tribe.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Native American Law for California on
Q: .. Can a parent who is indian file custody in tribal court,when the other parent is not indian
Joseph J Wiseman
Joseph J Wiseman answered on Nov 1, 2016

Generally, yes; however there is the question of whether the tribal court has jurisdiction over the non-Indian parent. That question is being litigated around the country and there is no clear answer. A lot depends on the specific facts, so you should seek out competent counsel for advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law and Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: US Citizen wanting to marry a Native Canadian/Canadian citizen

My boyfriend and I have been dating long distance for over a year. He came to visit at the beginning of July and has been here since then on a B2 visa. We have had several week-long visits but never one this length. We have discovered in this time of "living" together that we have incredible... Read more »

Shan Dimitris Potts
Shan Dimitris Potts answered on Aug 8, 2016

If your relationship is legit and you can provide enough proof to the officers interviewing you will be fine. I suggest contacting an immigration attorney to get advice on what kind of proofs will increase your chances of approval.

All the best.

-Shan Potts

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