California Indian Legal Services (CILS) would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to the “Tribal and State Justice Summit” held at the Rincon Harrah’s Casino and Resort on November 18 and 19.

CILS sponsored the Summit in conjunction with the California Attorney General’s Office, the California State Sheriff’s Association and the California Tribal Police Chiefs Association. Attendees included tribal leaders and members, sheriffs from six counties, including San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore, Tribal police chiefs from ten tribal law enforcement departments, the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Tribal Liaison for the Southern District of California, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis; a Special Agent from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Service; and other honored guests and speakers.

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Our goal in holding the Summit was to bring tribal and state law enforcement stakeholders together to share ideas, best practices, and collaborative efforts that are working to protect tribal communities. As law enforcement in Indian Country remains a challenge for both tribes and local law enforcement, we hope to see future gatherings to build on what was shared and learned at the November Summit.

Materials from the Summit will be made available on the CILS website ( and the California Attorney General’s site ( A big thank you to all the participants and CILS staff who made the Summit a success! photo 1