CILS is hiring for several positions! Please visit our Employment pages for more information.
A regular meeting of California Indian Legal Services Board of Trustees has been scheduled for September 6, 2014. Click here for details.
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!
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Per Cap Distribution of Funds Held in Trust by Dept. of the Interior
IRS guidance concerning the federal income tax treatment of per capita distributions made to members of Indian tribes from funds held in trust by the Secretary of the Interior. Comments re notice due Sept. 17, 2014.
FTB 'Tribal Source' refund process
Process for submitting a claim for a refund of income tax that was improperly assessed.
FTB Tribal Consultation re 'live on/off' reservation
FTB held a Sept. 18th meeting to discuss recommendations re how to determine if tribal member lives on/off reservation. This may be the only public comment session. 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.