Giving Tuesday

Please consider making a donation to CILS

By providing a gift to CILS you help continue the work begun over 45 years ago to prioritize the fundamental legal needs of the California Tribal communities, including the protection of cultural and sacred places, protection of Indian children, the restoration and protection of tribal lands, and more.  Please remember CILS on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season. All donations are tax deductible.  Online donations accepted through

CILS 45th Anniversary Gala

Thank you California Native Communities…

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for allowing us to serve you for 45 years!

We wish to offer a sincere thank you to everyone who made last night’s 45th CILS Anniversary Gala a success.  It would not be possible without your continued support and belief in our mission.  We especially wish to thank all of our sponsors for helping us to make October 24, 2012 a memorable evening!gala mug closeup



Legal Intern Returns

CILS is pleased to welcome back former law clerk, now legal intern, Blake Atkerson.

Blake recently graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law and sat for the July 2012 California State Bar Examination.  He previously received a B.A. in Political Science at San Diego State University.  While at Hastings, Blake concentrated on Health Law issues such as healthcare finance, government benefits, and government regulation.  As the president of the Native American Law Student Association at Hastings, and the symposium editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Blake developed great interest in securing rights for middle to low income Native Americans.  As a member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, he grew up reading and listening to the endless bouts with the U.S. government.  His family still lives near the reservation and Blake keeps abreast of current events there.  We are happy that Blake kept CILS in mind and chose to return as he waits for good news from the State Bar examination results.  We are also grateful to his Tribe for funding his position with us.  He is currently working in our Sacramento office.  Glad to have you back, Blake!

CILS Website returns

We are back!

You may have recently noticed that our website was down. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused. Soon we hope to upgrade our website’s capabilities in order to provide you with more materials and easier access.  Thank you for your interest!


Now available at conference: 2012 ICWA Benchguide

The 2012 Revised Edition of the  CILS California Judges Benchguide – Indian Child Welfare Act is now complete.  It will be debuted at the 2012 Statewide ICWA Conference at the Blue Lake Casino on June 19. CILS will have a limited number of printed versions and CD versions available at the conference. The bound guides are $45 and the CD’s are $5. CILS will accept check or cash only. This online version is available at no charge and can be download to your personal computer.  Thank you to all the community members and professionals that assisted in this revision, we truly appreciate your efforts.