Indian Law

Indian lawIndian law refers to the complex legal relationship between Native Americans and the federal and state governments.  American Indian tribes that are recognized under federal law can make their own laws and govern themselves much like states do.  Federally recognized tribes make laws governing their own membership and benefits, legal rights in Tribal land, business formation and conduct on Tribal land, criminal law, personal injury, and others.  Indian law governs not only members but also govern the rights of non-members on Tribal land.

What is Indian Law?

Mike McConnell is an experienced Indian law attorney, with emphasis on legal issues concerning the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) on the Qualla Boundary, in Cherokee, North Carolina.  Having previously been employed by the Tribe as one of its Indian law attorneys, Mike now represents clients in private practice in the Cherokee Tribal Court, the Cherokee Tribal Council, the Cherokee Tribal Business Committee and the Cherokee Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  Mike knows Tribal law, and has the understanding and respect for Cherokee culture and tradition to successfully handle legal issues in Cherokee.

Why Do I Need an Indian Law Attorney?

Many individuals seeking an Indian law attorney are generally having to settle a dispute of property rights.  However, the need for an Indian law attorney is pertinent when dealing with casinos belonging to American Indians.  An Indian law attorney does not serve just the American Indian community but also anyone in contact with the community whether American Indian or not.  Indian law is complicated and difficult, but the law is just part of a much bigger picture.  The EBCI is built on history and relationships, and Mike is experienced with both.

We offer representation on a wide range of matters in the Cherokee Court and in general Indian law, including:

  • Tribal member Wills and Estates (reduced fee for EBCI Tribal members)
  • Business Formation and Operation under Tribal Law
  • Business Leases and Permits
  • Writing and Presentation of Tribal Council Resolutions and Ordinances
  • Tribal Enrollment Issues and Appeals
  • Personal Injury at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino or on other Tribal properties
  • Family Law issues in Cherokee Court
    • Divorce
    • Equitable distribution
    • Establishing Paternity
    • Child support and child custody
    • Adoption
    • Termination of parental rights
  • Debt Collections, Foreclosures and Repossessions
  • Land disputes
    • Easements
    • Transfers
    • Trespass
    • Boundary disputes
  • Residential Housing Leases
  • Criminal matters in Tribal Court

Hire an Indian Law Attorney in North Carolina

Feel at ease – hiring an Indian law attorney to help you through your legal matters concerning the local Tribal Court and Indian affairs in general is quite a stress-free act.  Here at Cannon Law, P.C. we offer our confidence and experience to help guide and successfully solve all your legal matters.  Click here to contact an Indian law attorney in North Carolina.

Useful Resources Concerning American Indian Law:

The Tribal Court Clearinghouse