CILS, NARF and ACLU assist students with graduation honor

Once again, CILS together with NARF and the ACLU of Northern California successfully advocated for eight Native American students to wear eagle feathers during their high school graduation ceremony. Eagle feathers are gifted to graduates in honor of their personal achievement and to mark an important transition. CILS is proud of all Native American graduates this graduation season!

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2013 CILS Annual Report Available Online



“The last year has been challenging but extremely rewarding for CILS. Our staff engaged in several major federal impact cases, advocated on behalf of tribal members and tribes in state court and before administrative agencies, canvassed the state making presentations and providing community education on a wide variety of topics and issues affecting California tribal communities, and continued to build tribal justice systems to ensure safer tribal communities.” – Dorothy Alther, Executive Director of CILS. Take a look at CILS highlights in our latest Annual Report. (Note: .pdf may take a few minutes to load.)

CILS celebrates the life of Amos Merrill Tripp


Former CILS attorney Amos M. Tripp left a legacy of change throughout the Native American communities that he served. CILS was among the Native organizations where Mr. Tripp worked during his long law career. He was part of CILS when the organization was still a fledgling Native legal aid service, struggling to attend to the many battles in Indian Country. The Lost Coast Outpost published an obituary that provides more on the highlights of this outstanding leader.

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