California Indian Legal Services
609 S. Escondido Boulevard
Escondido, CA 92025
Tel: (760) 746-8941; (800) 743-8941
Fax: (760) 746-1815
Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura
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Board of Trustees positions
CILS seeks community representatives for the CILS Board of Trustees. Please read our Announcement.
Reminder: ICWA published decisions available
See our ICWA Cases Post-2012 Benchguide page for links to published California & Supreme Court decisions.
Questions about the Cobell Settlement?
Contact their toll free number 1-800-961-6109 or visit their website.
DOI Land Buy-Back Program Website
Click here to view the site launched August 2013.
Prevent foreclosure: know your rights!
Click here for more info.
FTB 'Tribal Source' refund process
Process for submitting a claim for a refund of income tax that was improperly assessed.
FTB's Income Taxation of Native Americans booklet
FTB held a Sept. 18, 2013 meeting to discuss recommendations re how to determine if tribal member lives on/off reservation. FTB revised publication on this matter is still pending. See FTB recommendation and read a transcript of the meeting.
Taxing Indian Country: Regulation 1616
Effective Feb 10, 2012 the California Board of Equalization implemented a law re: Property Used in Tribal Self-Governance. On July 6, 2012 they issued a formal letter for landless tribes to claim exemption from sales/use tax. See Oct. 2012 Notice.
CILS staff discuss Indian law topics of the day.
View Now: The Indian Law & Order Commission (ILOC) and the UCLA American Indian Studies Center's Partners for Justice: UCLA Institute on Criminal Law in Indian Country presented a one-day symposium showcasing the ILOC report. CILS Executive Director Dorothy Alther commented re Strengthening Tribal Justice & Detention Alternatives. Ms. Alther appears as the third speaker.
Cy Pres Awards are another vital financial resource for CILS. Click here for more info.