The state of Oklahoma is home to many Indian tribes. As each of these tribes has its own regulations and court systems, Indian law is highly complex. Legal matters can be made even more complicated as there are federal regulations that can have an impact on a case.
Because of this, it’s crucial that you enlist the help of a skilled Tulsa Indian nation tribal lawyer if you are facing charges of breaking Native American law. A lawyer who has a deep knowledge of the intricacies of the many laws will be able to help you.
Get in Touch With Palmer Law
Our team at Palmer Law has experience helping countless clients by reversing their previous convictions, securing a dismissal of charges, and more. With an in-depth understanding of Native American traditions, cultures, and laws, our lawyers may also be able to help you.
Lawyer Lloyd Brent Palmer is enrolled as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and is a member of the Chickasaw Warrior Society. With Choctaw heritage, he has a deep, personal experience and understanding of tribal law and culture.
What Is Tribal Law?
There are roughly 400 tribal justice systems across the United States, which are partly funded by Tribal Priority Allocations (TPAs). Title 25 of the United States Code instructs that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) provides technical support, training, and funding to all tribal courts.
In the 18 U.S. Code, Section 1511, tribal courts are granted jurisdiction over lands that are defined as “Indian country”. This includes reservation lands, Indian allotments, and dependent Indian communities. Although tribal courts can try Native Americans on their territory for misdemeanors, federal courts have to try felonies under federal law, and anyone charged as such will usually be brought before a state court.
Indian Tribal Constitutions control the court system and processes and outline the rights of all defendants. However, federal law does still govern tribal rights and procedures.
Punishments can include the following:
- Payment of court costs.
Tribal courts generally have civil jurisdiction over Native Americans and others who reside or do business on federal Indian reservations. Listed below are the civil matters that tribal courts often preside over:
- Personal injury.
- Child support.
- Determination of paternity.
- Name change.
- Business contracts.
- Probate of non-trust property.
- Other civil disputes.
Indian Law in Tulsa, OK
Due to a 2020 Supreme Court Ruling (McGirt v Oklahoma), Native American tribes can pass laws on their land. This means that crimes committed on Native American land fall under tribal court jurisdiction, including Indians and non-Indians who commit crimes against Native Americans on Native American land.
This new ruling has led to criminal convictions being overturned and charges being dismissed across the state of Oklahoma, and with our legal representation, we may be able to do the same for you.
Our talented team includes some of the best lawyers who thoroughly understand tribal jurisdiction and Indian affairs. We prioritize the attorney-client relationship above all else, so you know that, when working with us, we will do everything possible to obtain the best result possible for you.
Contact a Tulsa Indian Nation Tribal Lawyer Today!
If you are currently facing charges or have already been convicted under tribal law, then you need to contact an experienced and reputable Tulsa Indian nation tribal lawyer as soon as possible.
Our team at Palmer Law truly understands tribal law and how it works alongside state and federal Indian law, so you can trust that we have the knowledge needed to help you. We are wholly dedicated to defending our clients in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and we will go above and beyond to protect your rights and interests.
Our practice areas not only cover tribal law, but also criminal defense, personal injury, divorce and custody, and more, so no matter the legal issue, we’ll be here for you. Our in-depth experience combined with our knowledge means that we are one of the best law firms for your case. We are more than ready to guide you through the legal process and protect your future.
So, if you have been convicted under tribal law or are facing charges, then contact Palmer Law as soon as possible. Call 405-877-7112 now and schedule a free consultation with our excellent Tulsa Indian nation tribal lawyers.