Definition of Native Peoples Law
Native Peoples Law governs the Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Natives that live in the United States. These Native Americans are actually governed by multiple legal structures. First, each tribe may create and enforce its own tribal law. The federal government issued several statutes and treaties that affect the provision of services to people on Native American reservations. Some states may also impose some restrictions on Native Americans.
Practice Area Notes
Lawyers who are experts in Native Peoples Law handle a wide variety of issues. Many of these lawyers work for the tribes or for the state in which the reservation is located. They help Native Americans find work or set up businesses with the people surrounding the reservation, or help the state enforce laws that apply to Native Americans.
Some lawyers work within the tribes and help tribe members handle resolve their internal disputes or access government services to which they are entitled. Unfortunately, American reservations are often in remote areas and suffer from rampant poverty, and many Native Americans have trouble accessing essential legal services.
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