California Indian Legal Services would like to announce a conference on June 24, 2015 focusing on Public Law 280 and on cooperative interactions between tribal, federal, state, and local law enforcement and courts. The conference will be held at the River Lodge in Fortuna from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The conference is intended primarily for government officials and employees in the Northern California region, although it will include coverage of some issues common throughout the state. Our hope is to provide both legal education on Public Law 280 as well as a forum for productive discussions between tribal, federal, state, and local elected officials, judges, attorneys, and law enforcement personnel.
There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided.
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Learn about what the October 2014 Memorandum entitled "Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country" issued by U.S. Department of Justice means. Get an overview of the Federal and California state marijuana laws. All from the comfort of your computer.
We will explore the legal issues surrounding the cannabis industry. Learn about the laws that govern cannabis distribution, cultivation, possession, and consumption. Have your questions answered by Dorothy Alther, CILS' Executive Director. What is the difference between state & federal law and what does that mean for tribal lands?
Make informed decisions concerning marijuana. Join us on Thursday, May 21st at 10AM to learn more about this timely topic and the possible implications for tribes.
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CILS has drafted an amicus brief for an ICWA case currently before the California Supreme Court, In re Abbigail A. This case involves the question of whether a county social services agency has an obligation to assist in the enrollment of a child who is eligible for enrollment but whose parent is not enrolled.
Also at issue in this case is whether it is proper for the court to proceed as if the child is an "Indian child" where the formal definition of "Indian child" is not met, but where it is likely that the child will be an "Indian child" if the Agency provides enrollment assistance. Our brief argues that assistance in enrolling a child is an affirmative obligation of the Agency. Our brief also argues that it is proper to apply ICWA in cases where it is likely that the child will be enrolled once the administrative/bureaucratic process is complete, even where the child does not currently meet the definition of an "Indian child."