Entries by Nicole Scott

CILS Celebrates Fifty Years of Legal Service to Native Communities in California

Escondido, CA – October 26, 2017: This year marks CILS’ 50th year of legal services in California Indian Country. Since its founding, CILS has taken on major issues impacting tribal sovereignty such as restoring lands to trust, quantifying tribes’ reserved water rights, obtaining equitable federal funding for California tribes, litigating discrimination and civil rights and […]

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CILS Completes Renovation of Escondido Office Building

Escondido, CA – September 10, 2017: CILS completed renovation of the Escondido office building in August. The exterior of the building was renovated with the goal of providing a welcoming and comfortable space. The Escondido office is centrally located near several Indian reservations and provides legal assistance to individuals and tribes in Southern California. CILS […]

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American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA) and Indian Wills

For years CILS has prioritized the preservation and enhancement of the California Indian land base in California.  Part of this work correlates with assisting individuals that have an Indian allotment or an interest in an allotment to better understand their rights and sometimes their responsibilities to future generations. As part of this work, CILS has […]

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Anna Hohag Starts Fellowship in Bishop Office

August 28, 2017: Anna Hohag will start a one-year Legal Fellowship in September at our CILS Bishop office. The California Bar Foundation awarded CILS a Public Interest Legal Fellowship Grant which made it possible for Anna to join the CILS team. Anna will focus on Tribal Court development which includes providing training for tribes in […]

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Ninth Circuit Allows Bishop Paiute Law Enforcement Case to Proceed

Today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed a victory to the Bishop Paiute Tribe in its federal suit against Inyo County, the County Sheriff, and District Attorney.  The lower district court dismissed the Tribe’s law suit against the defendants on July 13, 2015, for lack of jurisdiction finding there was no “justiciable case and […]

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