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Native Advocacy

Minnesota is home to seven Anishinabe (Chippewa, Ojibwe) reservations and four Dakota (Sioux) communities. This includes the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT), which is a federally recognized tribal government for its member tribes (Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, and White Earth). Five of the six bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe are within LASNEM’s geographic service area.

We have attorneys who are licensed to practice in Minnesota State District Court and Leech Lake Tribal Court.

LASNEM has established ongoing monthly outreach at the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Ball Club and Inger Community Centers. LASNEM also receives court-appointed cases from Leech Lake Tribal Court.

We have also established a medical-legal partnership with Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, where attorneys provide legal services to elders from their Indian Health Services medical clinics in Nett Lake and Vermillion on an ongoing basis.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss an outreach need or opportunity specific to Native American populations.

If you are in need of civil (non-criminal) legal help, please call our office at (800) 933-1112 or apply online. Income and asset guidelines do apply to persons younger than 60 years old.


All in-person outreach events and regularly scheduled outreach visits are temporarily suspended due to the public health pandemic. Please call our office at (800) 933-1112 if you are in need of legal help.

Native American Resource Links:

Indian Law Resource Center
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Minnesota Judicial Branch Court Form
Social Security Administration
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Anishinabe Legal Services Court Forms Resources:
Leech Lake Reservation Tribal Court Forms
Red Lake Reservation Tribal Court Forms
White Earth Reservation Tribal Court Forms

Resources for Tribal Government
Indian Affairs Council
Minnesota Indian Tribes
Tribal Codes and Statutes

Funded in part by the Blandin Foundation