2012. A year in review

CILS Annual Report 2011-2012

As we end 2012 please take a moment to review some of the CILS milestones in our Annual Report. From our court victories and case settlements to our 45th Anniversary Gala, 2012 held many good things for CILS. As we look to the new year, we wish you all a happy 2013.


CILS article in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

What is Indian Legal Services?

The Riverside County Bar Association explores Indian law issues in this volume which features an article by CILS Executive Director, Devon Lomayesva. The article provides a description of the issues currently at the forefront of CILS work.  “What is Indian Legal Services? This is the question I am most often asked after I tell people I work at California Indian Legal Services (CILS). It is difficult to respond briefly, as there is much history behind the creation of Indian legal services, not to mention the 45 years of history behind CILS…”

Read the full article.


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 JustGive.org

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!