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Criminal Background Checks and Job Searches

By Jay Peterson, CILS Sacramento office Senior Staff Attorney Communities of color experience disproportionate contact with the law. (Read: racial profiling.) This excessive law enforcement contact results in a similarly disproportionate number of criminal records in the form of arrests, custodial detentions, and convictions. Employers use these records to deny people of color jobs. This […]

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Tribal Child Support: The Tribe is Not an Arm of the State’s Child Support Enforcement Unit

By Denise Hurchanik Bareilles, CILS Eureka office Acting Directing Attorney You have probably seen in the media various groups painting a picture that tribal governments make it difficult to collect child support for custodial parents. However, this is not the case. It is important to understand the significance of a Tribe administering its own child […]

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Hemp Update for California Tribes

By Alexis Lindquist, CILS Escondido office Staff Attorney Until recently, hemp was considered a Schedule I controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Also, included under the Schedule I list of controlled substances? Heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and you guessed it… peyote. Even methamphetamine is a lower level Schedule II substance. To this day, marijuana […]

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Why California’s Native Americans Deserve More Than an Apology

By CILS Executive Director Dorothy Alther and Cary Lowe, a lawyer and a former member of CILS’ Board of Trustees Printed in the San Diego Union-Tribune June 27, 2019 Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order apologizing to California’s Native American population for nearly two centuries of “violence, exploitation, dispossession and the attempted destruction of tribal communities” is a welcome […]

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