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NACDL President Chris Adams’ comments to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the need for public defenders and appointed counsel for people facing incarceration in tribal courts, for consideration by the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable.
Letter with the National Association of Federal Defenders to members of the House regarding concerns for cases in tribal courts as addressed in the proposed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 4970).
Native American Justice Committee chair Tova Indritz's statement to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security regarding the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009 (H.R. 1924).
Native American Justice Committee chair Tova Indritz's letter to members of the Senate regarding The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2008 (S. 3320).
Letter with the National Association of Federal Defenders to members of the Senate regarding concerns for cases in tribal courts as addressed in the proposed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 (S. 1925).