Are you owed money from the Department of the Interior or from the Cobell Settlement?

You may have an Indian trust account you don’t know about or you may have settlement moneys owed to you from the Cobell v. Salazar settlement. The Department of the Interior has more than $65 million dollars in accounts to distribute to more than 48,000 individuals whose whereabouts are unknown. Many of these individuals are from California tribes. Many trust funds are held by people who moved and did not leave a forwarding address, or funds that have been inherited through a probate. To find out if you have an account call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center toll-free at (888) 678-6836 OR click on the Department of the Interior’s “Locating IIM Account Holders” link. See the Department of the Interior’s Public Service Announcement. To view a list of those owed money through the Cobell case, click on the Cobell v. Salazar Indian Trust Settlement’s “Whereabouts Unknown” link and select the state where your tribe is located to view a list of tribes, then select your tribe to see all tribal members with whereabouts unknown.

BIA Pacific Regional Budget Meeting

The BIA Pacific Regional Office is holding a Tribal Budget meeting on February 11, 2014 at the Graton Resort & Casino. Click here for the meeting announcement. This meeting allows Tribes to set funding priorities for the FY 2016 Pacific Region’s budget. California Indian Legal Services strongly encourages all Tribes to attend this important meeting to discuss pressing funding needs such as tribal law enforcement, tribal courts, Indian Child Welfare Act programs, natural resource protection including water rights and many other tribal programs.

Tribal Justice Summit

1. Tribal Law and Order Act and Violence Against Women Act (pdf)
Dorothy Alther, Executive Director, California Indian Legal Services

2. Tribal/Local/State/and Federal Collaboration (pdf)
Bill Denke, Chief of Police, Sycuan Tribal Police Department

3. Tribal & State Justice Summit Attendee List (pdf)

Training for Public Law 280 Tribes

Federal Re-Assumption of Criminal Jurisdiction under the Tribal Law and Order Act: The White Earth Experience

Upcoming training: January 31, 2014 from 8:30am – 4:00pm at the Catamaran Hotel, San Diego, CA

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute and California Indian Legal Services are hosting this one-day training with presentations by representatives from the White Earth Nation. This training will focus on the provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) that allow tribes, under Public Law 280 jurisdiction, to request the federal government re-assume certain criminal jurisdiction on the tribe’s reservation. The morning session will include information on Public Law 280 and the TLOA followed by an afternoon presentation by tribal representatives from the White Earth Nation, the only tribe whose request has been granted for federal re-assumption of jurisdiction under Section 221 of the TLOA. This training is for tribes that may be interested in submitting a formal request for re-assumption to the Office of Tribal Justice or are interested in learning more about the re-assumption process.

Participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of TLOA Section 221
  • Gain a better understanding of other sections of TLOA that are relevant to Public Law 280 tribes
  • Learn about the White Earth Nation’s process to secure federal jurisdiction
  • Review White Earth’s request to the Office of Tribal Justice
  • Organize into working groups to develop an action plan for pursuing federal criminal jurisdiction


There is no registration fee. Space is limited and so pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Registration form


This event is held in conjunction with the Tribal Judicial Institute’s (TJI) training on Tribal Law and Order Act Enhanced Sentencing and Prosecuting DUI Offenders in Tribal Court TLOA. For more information on this larger TJI event, see:

Event Location:

Catamaran Resort Hotel

3999 Mission Blvd

San Diego, CA 92109


Room block Group Code: Tribal Judicial Institute (rate of $139 per night)

For questions, please contact Heather Valdez Singleton at 323-650-5467.

Please note: The formal Bureau of Justice Assistance approval for this event is pending.

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Questions in Health Care Law Changes and Applications?

Happy 2014! With the new year come questions about medical coverage laws and requirements. For more information please view our new Health Web Links page or skip to the California Rural Indian Health Board’s Covered California Native American page. Looking for health insurance applications? Click on subsidized or unsubsidized OR exemption information and exemption application paper applications. Click on the links or view all through our Health Web Links page.