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Northwest Justice Project
Free Legal Services for Low Income Native Americans and Alaska Natives
The Native American Unit (NAU) at Northwest Justice Project provides civil (non-criminal) legal services to eligible Native American/Alaska Native students and their families in Washington. Contact Cina Littlebird at email@example.com or 206-464-1519 x-0919
Northwest Justice Project's Coordinated Legal Education Assistance and Referral Program (CLEAR) has new services available to Native American crime victims through the CLEAR-CV-Native American Program. An NJP attorney is available to provide advice, brief services and referrals in civil (non-criminal) legal matters stemming from the client's experience as a crime victim. Examples include divorce, custody, domestic violence, sexual assault, denial of health care services, evictions and economic security issues caused by assault, abuse, or fraud. Contact Jennifer Yogi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-464-1619 x-0921.
Senior Legal Advice Clinics
The Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) exists to help elderly individuals and persons with disabilities maintain their dignity, health and independence in their homes, through a comprehensive and coordinated system of home and community-based services.
Senior Legal Advice Clinics at the Olympic Area Agency on Aging's Information and Assistance Offices:
411 W. Washington St.. Sequim
Mon. - Fri. 9a--Noon and 1p--4p
Port Townsend Office
915 Sheridan St., Port Townsend
Mon. - Fri. 9a--4p
481 5th Ave., Forks
Mon. - Fri. 9a--3p
Legal advice is free of charge to individuals age 60 and older.
Washington Law Help
Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington. This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court. You can also locate information on free legal aid programs in Washington, including basic eligibility and contact information.
Native American Resources--Regional
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians - ATNI
ATNI is a nonprofit organization representing 57 Northwest tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, southeast Alaska, Northern California and Western Montana. ATNI is an organization whose foundation is composed of the people it is meant to serve — the Indian peoples.
Centennial Accord--Case Study
Case Study by Barbara Leigh Smith, Evergreen State College
Abstract: In 1989 the federally recognized tribes and the State of Washington developed and signed the Centennial Accord. Washington became the first state to establish a government-to-government relationship through this type of formal agreement. Coming after the highly contentious years following the US v Washington case (often called the Boldt decision) on Indian fishing rights, the Centennial Accord was “intended to build trust and confidence among the parties in the government-to-government relationship” …and…“improve the respectful relationship and services delivered to people by the parties” (2004). This case explores the history of the Centennial Accord, its impact, and the lessons about intergovernmental relationships.
Indian Country Today Media Network
Native life is many things … it’s the tribe, the community, the family, the environment, the history and, most of all, the land. It grows from many roots and has many interests, from art to education to current events to Native cooking.
And in today’s world, there are also thousands of Indian stereotypes, pretenders and wannabes. So many Internet “experts” on the Native world. So many people boasting about their great-great grandmother, the Cherokee princess.
But for those people who actually are Native … and for those non-Natives who actively seek to learn and understand … and for anyone who demands authenticity, honesty and expertise … there is one place to turn.
This is Indian Country, with the deepest of roots in Native culture and a vast expertise in Native issues and interests.
Point No Point Treaty Council
We, the Port Gamble S’Klallam and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribes, of the Point No Point Treaty Area, recognize the responsibility and need to protect and advance the treaty reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights of our Tribes. We further recognize that our inherent traditional and cultural rights constitute vital and irreplaceable resources for our future. These resources are essential for the social, cultural and economic self-sufficiency and well being of our Tribal communities. We believe that in unity and mutual respect we can best accomplish our community goals, not only for the benefit of Indian people, but for all people. – Preamble to The Point No Point Treaty Council Constitution
Important Resources for Tribal Libraries
American Indian Library Association (AILA)
The American Indian Library Association (AILA) will provide a library school scholarship to a qualified American Indian individual in the amount of $4000 for the 2017-2018 academic school year.
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM)
ATALM is an international non-profit organization that maintains a network of support for indigenous programs, provides culturally relevant programming and services, encourages collaboration among tribal and non-tribal cultural institutions, and articulates contemporary issues related to developing and sustaining the cultural sovereignty of Native Nations.
Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The goal of the Native American Library Services Basic Grants Program is to support existing library operations and maintain core library services. Funding can include Supplies, materials, equipment, staff salaries, wages, and training. Grants are only available for a one year period.
National Indian Law Library
The National Indian Law Library (NILL) is a law library devoted to American Indian law. It serves both the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the public. NILL serves the public by developing and making accessible a unique and valuable collection of Indian law resources and by providing direct research assistance and delivery of information.
Native American Resources--National
Administration for Native Americans
ANA promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community based projects, and training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and native organizations.
American Indian Movement (AIM)
Things will never be same again and that is what the American Indian Movement is about ...
They are respected by many, hated by some, but they are never ignored ...
They are the catalyst for Indian Sovereignty ...
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Indian Affairs is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior
Established in 1824, IA provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 567 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in the United States.
Internationally renowned and widely regarded as the most knowledgeable and effective training organization serving Indian Country, Falmouth Institute maintains its status by focusing on three primary areas of concentration: 1.Training; 2.Consulting; 3.Publications
Native American Rights Fund
Since 1971, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation. NARF has successfully asserted and defended the most important rights of Indians and tribes in hundreds of major cases, and has achieved significant results in such critical areas as tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, natural resource protection, and Indian education. NARF is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that focuses on applying existing laws and treaties to guarantee that national and state governments live up to their legal obligations.
NCAI-National Congress of American Indians
NCAI has been protecting the right to vote for Native Americans since the day the organization was founded in 1944. Some of the first resolutions ever passed by NCAI supported voting rights for American Indians in New Mexico and Arizona.
Tribal Court Clearinghouse
The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country. It is one of the most comprehensive websites on tribal justice system issues, and includes a wealth of tribal, state, and federal resources. The Clearinghouse website contains extensive resources on tribal, state, and federal law along with extensive Indian country subject-matter resources, a training events calendar, and resources from all Tribal Law and Policy Institute webinars.
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
A Native American operated non-profit:
Dedicated to providing free publication resources, comprehensive training, and technical assistance for Native nations and tribal justice systems in pursuit of our vision to empower Native communities to create and control their own institutions for the benefit of all community members, now, and for future generations.
United Indians of All Tribes
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF) was founded to serve as a focal point for the renewal and regeneration of Native Americans in the Greater Seattle area and beyond.
Check the Facts
10 Best Fact Checking Sites
The purpose of this website is not only to deliver news, but to also be a resource on media bias and fact checking. When checking facts these are the 10 sites we find to be most valuable. In most cases, one of these sites has already covered the fact check we are seeking, making the job easy. Listed below you will find our favorite (most trusted) fact checking websites. Bookmark them or just visit MBFC News and we will filter them for you.
Crash Course--Navigating Digital Information
Learn how to sort out fact from fiction online: "In 10 episodes, John Green will teach you how to navigate the internet! We’ve partnered with MediaWise, The Poynter Institute, and The Stanford History Education Group to develop this curriculum of hands-on skills to help you evaluate the information you read online".
We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits. The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times. The state sites and PunditFact follow the same principles as the national site.
All of the members of our editorial staff, in addition to their individual qualifications and experience, have completed the course in “Fact-Checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism” offered by Poynter’s NewsU and the American Press Institute.
Native Vote is a non-partisan initiative. All Native Vote activities will be conducted in a nonpartisan manner in compliance with IRS rules and regulations and will not constitute prohibited political activity. We do not endorse any candidate for office or support any partisan statements or endorsements expressed by members of NativeVote.org.
Native Vote Infographic
The power of the Native Vote has been significant in state races and important national races.
General Voting Resources
Clallam County Auditor
Find out how to register to vote, notice of elections, sample ballot, and more.
Jefferson County Auditor
Find out how to register to vote, notice of elections, sample ballot, and more.
League of Women Voters of Clallam County
We are a nonpartisan political organization. We encourage INFORMED and ACTIVE participation in government. We work to increase understanding of major public policy issues. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.
Public Disclosure Commission--PDC
“Shining light on Washington politics since 1972”
Representative Derek Kilmer, 6th Congressional District
345 6th Street, Suite 500
Bremerton, WA 98337
M-F: 9:00am - 5:00pm (PST)
Senator Maria Cantwell
915 Second Avenue, Suite 3206
Seattle, WA 98174
Phone: (206) 220-6400
Fax: (206) 220-6404
Senator Patty Murray
2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174
Phone: (206) 553-5545
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186
Fax: (206) 553-0891
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1070 Old Blyn Hwy, Sequim, WA
1033 Old Blyn Hwy, Sequim, WA 98382