NJP has several resources to help low-income Native American clients, including the following services:
The Native American Unit (NAU)
The NAU offers legal assistance in tribal, federal, and state courts. Case acceptance is dependent upon office priorities, staff availability, and the merits of each case. The NAU emphasizes cases involving state agencies’ policies and practices that have had disproportionate, adverse impacts on Native communities.
The NAU provides advice and representation to Native Americans in the following areas of law:
- Education & Youth Law: cases involving suspensions, expulsions, truancy, accommodations, or special education in public schools.
- Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): cases involving an Indian child removed from a parent or guardian. These include, but are not limited to, non-parental custody cases, dependencies, and adoptions in state courts.
- Indian Trust Land and Resources: when individuals have problems or questions involving their trust property, including home ownership, land use, leases, or purchase and gift deed transactions.
- Estate Planning and Probate: probate cases before the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- Housing: cases to preserve homeownership on Indian trust land, such as termination of purchase agreements or right to possession of a home.
- Other issues: advice and representation in other cases arising directly from a person’s legal status as an American Indian or Alaska Native, including matters before tribal courts, or about protection of the jurisdiction of tribal justice systems.
Learn more about the Native American Unit at Northwest Justice Project.
The Native American Unit - Crime Victims Program (NAU-CV)
NJP has dedicated services for Native American crime victims. The crime does not need to be reported or prosecuted.
- Family law matters involving domestic violence or sexual assault;
- Health matters including denial of services to deal with victimization;
- Housing problems due to a crime in the house;
- Financial security issues caused by an assault, abuse, or fraud;
- Access to crime victims compensation; and
- Other legal problems resulting from being the victim of a crime.
Ask a tribal service provider or staff member of a Native American serving organization for a referral to NAU-CV.