Self-Help & Community Ed
Cultural Resources (Native American remains, artifacts and sacred sites) Materials referencing what a land owner should do when discovering Native American artifacts or human remains on their property; a general link to the California Native American Heritage Commission’s website.
Child Welfare (general information impacting parents and children)
Materials referencing how a relative who is caring for a family member’s child can enroll a child in school & obtain medical care for a child;
Materials referencing how the federal Indian Child Welfare Act defines “Indian children” and how state courts apply this law; and
Defining what an “Indian Custodian” is and their role under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Determine Indian Ancestry Materials referencing how an adult adoptee can petition a court to unseal their birth records where there is evidence the adoptee has Native American ancestry;
Materials on tracing California-specific Native American ancestry information including a link to more general Native American tracing ancestry information (not California specific).
Indian Taxation (issues of tax rules and their applicability to Native Americans) Materials referencing how California state income and other tax rules apply to Native Americans.
State Court Forms California Courts require mandatory forms when filing certain actions in the Court. We have a general link to the California Courts’ Website which provides all mandatory California Court forms with specific cites to forms for Guardianships, Child Custody, Divorce, and Restraining Orders.
Trust Assets and Probate (American Indian Probate Reform Act (“AIPRA”)) Materials explaining the effect of the AIPRA for Native Americans who pass with or without a Will. Information on the basics of estate planning for those with both Indian trust property and non-trust property such as cars, homes off reservation, bank accounts and fee lands.
Community Presentations and Education CILS provides tribal community educational presentation on a variety of topics.