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Legal Information: Tribal

Abuse in Tribal Communities

May 23, 2019

Do I need a lawyer?

You can represent yourself throughout the process of seeking a tribal protection order. Many people are successful in getting protection orders on their own, yet in many situations it would be to your advantage to have an attorney to help you through this process. This is especially true if the abuser has an attorney or child custody issues are involved.

You can go to our Finding a Lawyer page for legal referrals in your state. If you do not want to have an attorney or you cannot find an attorney to represent you, there may be another option. Some tribal courts allow non-attorneys who have gone through special training to practice in tribal court. You may be able to connect with someone who can help and who knows the system by contacting one of the tribal coalitions listed on the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center website.