Native American Issues

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

Directory of American Indian Education Centers in California listed by the county in which they are located.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Description of services to support the unique cultural and educational needs of American Indian students in meeting state content standards.

This guide explains what you need to do if you were adopted, you think you are Native American, you live in California and/or were born in California, and you want to enroll in your tribe.

This page includes general information about domestic violence in tribal law, information on tribal protection orders, and links to other online resources for domestic violence on tribal land.

California is a unique state, and Indian property can make planning ahead confusing. This guide is designed to help you understand the basics of estate planning.

While the information is specific to California, the general scope of the information and your particular family"s history may not reflect the experience of the majority of California Native families.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the health care system for federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States.

The information contained in this packet, while specific to Native Americans, is general in scope and your particular tax situation may contain issues outside of this packet.

Direct home loans to eligible Native American Veterans to finance the purchase, construction, or improvement of homes on Federal Trust Land, or to refinance a prior NADL to reduce the interest rate.

This guide focuses on situations where the person who passed away had land in his or her name. Specifically the guide examines the situation where a person died who had interest in "trust" land (on a reservation or public domain allotment).

This guide explains what an Indian Custodian is and explains the rights and responsibilities of the Custodian. This guide can help if you are an Indian Custodian, or need to become one. Also, this guide can help if you are an Indian parent and you think you want someone else to be an Indian Custodian for your child.

This guide provides information on AIPRA and how that law affects Indian trust lands (allotments). While this guide does not focus specifically on Estate Planning or Wills, it does provide important information for people who own trust lands about Estate Planning for their property.

This guide can help you if you live with a child, but aren't the parent or don't have legal custody. It explains how to fill out the Caregiver Authorization Affidavit form and use it to enroll the child in school and help the child get medical care.

If you"re a parent or Indian custodian, this guide can help you decide if ICWA applies to your situation, and explains what your rights are if ICWA does apply. It also explains what rights tribes have in your case, if ICWA applies.