28th Annual California Indian Conference & Gathering

California Indian Conference & Gathering begins tomorrow

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The California Indian Conference and Gathering is an annual event for the exchange of views and information among academics, educators, California Indians, students, tribal nations, native organizations and community members focusing on California Indians. Sacramento State University will host the three-day conference. Click on the artwork for a copy of the Program.

Baby Girl Veronica CSU San Marcos Event

Please consider attending this important presentation:

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For a .pdf of this flyer click here.

New Estate Planning Booklet

Respecting Your Wishes: Estate Planning for California Native Americans

Respecting Your Wishes


CILS recently published a 37-page booklet entitled, “Respecting Your Wishes: Estate Planning for California Native Americans.” The booklet is intended as a starting point of discussion on an often difficult subject, not as a comprehensive guide. Included is basic information on estate planning issues for the Native American population in California, including advanced planning for health and finances, Wills, trusts, non-probate transfers, the probate process, and federally held Native American trust assets. The booklet is available at no cost. Click on the icon to download or find it in our Self Help section.

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Updates in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Ongoing Adoption Case

Here is the latest update in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl legal battle. On August 5, 2013 the South Carolina Family Law Court issued an order for the immediate transfer of Baby Girl Veronica to the adoptive parents and suspension of the Transition Order. The order was issued as a result of the father’s and his representatives’ failure to attend a transition meeting held on August 4, 2013. According to the court, the Transition Order provides that if any party fails to comply with the order, the court retains jurisdiction to suspend the order and take further action in the case. In light of the final Decree of Adoption, the court found that Baby Girl Veronica is being unlawfully withheld from her lawful parents and referred the matter to the County Solicitor’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for prompt action. The order is also being referred to the father’s National Guard commanding officer. The court requests that the appropriate court in the State of Oklahoma order the father and any person having physical custody of Veronica to appear in an Oklahoma proceeding with the child. Finally, the court has directed legal counsel for the father to submit a letter to the court informing it of the whereabouts of the father and Veronica, the father’s intent to comply with the order, and their personal efforts to enforce compliance.

There has been no update on the status of the South Carolina Federal District Court action filed by the Native American Rights Fund action on behalf of Veronica seeking to protect her rights to due process.

California Indian Legal Services will continue to keep you updated on the development in the Baby Girl case.