Departments

Office of Tribal Attorney

The mission of the Office of Tribal Attorney (OTA) is to support, defend and advance the interests of the Nooksack Indian Tribe by providing quality legal services to tribal policy makers, departments and staff.

 

Scope of Services
The OTA serves as chief legal representative and advisor to the Nooksack Tribal Council. Under the policy direction of the Council, the OTA provides timely and efficient legal services to directors, officers, employees and staff of tribal government and tribal business enterprises, including subordinate tribal entities. The OTA also enforces the Nooksack Indian Tribe’s civil and criminal laws. Moreover, the OTA may also act as a liaison to Federal, other Tribal, State and local governments, court systems, officials, professional associations, and interest groups on matters of interest to the Nooksack Indian Tribe.

 

Practice Areas
Under the technical supervision of the Senior Tribal Attorney, the OTA provides legal services on a wide range of issues. Practice areas may include, but are not limited to, natural and cultural resources, criminal and civil law enforcement, land use, child support, Indian child welfare, real property, treaty rights, procurement, preference, tort, contract, constitutional, gaming, municipal, environmental, intellectual property, natural resources and employment law and litigation.

 

Major Functions
The major functions of the OTA are to:

 

– Represent the Nooksack Indian Tribe and its representatives in judicial, legislative, executive and administrative proceedings;
– Provide legal advice to tribal policy makers, executives, managers and staff on issues of concern to the Nooksack Indian Tribe;
– Prosecute civil and criminal violations of Tribal law;
– Coordinate with federal agencies that have responsibilities in Indian country, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Departments of Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

 

For more information, contact the Tribal Attorney’s Office at (360) 592-4158.

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On March 21st, the Nooksack Tribal Social Services, through our Department of Justice Elders Program, held an Elders Event - "Living Treasures". During this event we honored 12 of our Eldest Elders in our service area of Whatcom County. The pamphlet and information about those elders is included here. Each Elder honored received a wool blanket by Eight Generation, thanks to the generousity of Louie Gong. All Elders who attended recieved homemade crates filled with tie blankets, canned fish & green beans, and homemade jam. Lunch and door prizes were provided by Northwood Casino.

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