Amicus Brief Thank You

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Amicus Brief available for viewing

On March 28, 2013 California Indian Legal Services (CILS) and Maureen Geary with Maier, Pfeffer, Kim & Geary, filed an amicus brief (“friend of the court brief”) on behalf of 63 California tribes and 5 Indian/tribal organizations with the United States Supreme Court in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl et. seq. The brief can viewed here and sets forth the issues in the case.

CILS would like to thank all of the Tribes and tribal/Indian organizations that supported the amicus brief and tribal attorneys that contributed their time and resources in preparing the brief. The outcome of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl et. seq. will have far reaching impact on every tribe in United States and the show of solidarity among California tribes will hopefully send a strong message to the Supreme Court of the importance of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

CILS remains committed to ensuring California tribes are heard on legal issues that impact your tribal communities. Thank you again for all your support.

Baby Girl case before Supreme Court

Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl set for Argument before Supreme Court

Thank you to all who sent us their authorization to join the California Tribal Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents in the Case. The Supreme Court has set Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to hear oral arguments in this important case.

Supreme Court Case – Amicus Authorization

March 22, 2013 – Deadline for Authorization to Join California Tribal Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents in the Case:

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, Birth Father, and Cherokee Nation

If your Tribe would like to participate in the Tribal Amicus Brief the authorization must be in by 5pm, March 22, 2013.

On January 4th, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review of the above case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act. This case has the potential to affect the rights of Tribes nationwide… On behalf of California Tribes, California Indian Legal Services will be filing an amicus brief (“friend of the court”) in support of the Birth Father and the Cherokee Nation. CILS is asking all California tribes to join the amicus brief. If your tribe or tribal organization would like to join the amicus brief, you may complete and submit the authorization (click link).

Tax Assistance Has Arrived

Free Tax Assistance For Low-Income Workers

Call us for assistance or follow the link to complete your own online 2012 Tax Returns

California Indian Legal Services (CILS) has begun offering its free tax assistance services. Those interested in free assistance should call (800) 829-0284 extension 307 or go to the California Franchise Tax Board page for a list of free online tax return services. The programs are designed to help you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, a special tax credit worth up to $5,891 for low income workers. Don’t lose out on this great tax credit and don’t pay commercial tax preparers to help you get it. Even if you don’t qualify for this tax credit, CILS may still be able to assist you at no cost.EITC

Income Eligibility Levels for 2012 Tax Year*


No. of children If taxpayer is single If taxpayer is married
0 $13,980 $19,190
1 $36,920 $42,130
2 $41,952 $47,162
3 or more $45,060 $50,270


* other factors also apply

Tax Help Arrives Soon


Starting January 28, 2013

California Indian Legal Services is happy to offer free tax preparation assistance. Since 2004 CILS has worked to provide California Native communities with an opportunity to complete the preparation of their state and federal income tax returns at no cost. This great program is now available to most tax payers, and has the ability to address Indian income tax matters that are often missed by others.

All Counties call CILS for an appointment: 1-800-829-0284, extension 307

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Links to free online tax services will become active on January 30, 2013.