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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... 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 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 Admiralty / Maritime and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Are native Americans sovereign from maritime law? If so, what excludes them? If my understanding of sovereign is right
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Sep 10, 2015

This is a complex question, and you have not supplied nearly enough information for an accurate answer. In general, native Americans, individually, are not sovereign, although their tribe may be to some limited extent.

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