Tribal Enrollment Matters

The rights associated with Tribal Membership are among those most important to Tribal people.  The pursuit of enrollment with your Tribe and continued Tribal Membership while threatened with disenrollment is often complex procedurally and politically.  The systems set up in enrollment departments and tribunals require expertise to successfully navigate.  Your rights need protection.

Paula M. Fisher, Attorney at Law, P.C. has successfully practiced enrollment law for 12 years.  Paula is licensed by to practice law by Federal Court, the State of Michigan, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, Little Traverse Band, Grand Traverse Band, Nottawaseppi Huran Band, and the Intertribal Court of Southern California.  Paula has also obtained dismissals of disenrollment cases for 74 Tribal members.  Paula has also aggressively protected membership for an additional 38 tribal members who have disenrollment cases pending, and she has done so for 8 years so far.  Paula has helped Tribal member clients throughout the United States. She has worked for Tribal members of the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, preserving their membership after the threat of disenrollment and for a Tribal member facing disenrollment by the San Pasqual Band of Indians.

Paula is joined in her practice by Attorney Toni L. Sessoms, who has been in practice for over 19 years and had over 10 years experience working in Tribal Courts.  She has made thousands of successful court appearances in these combined forums.    She brings her vast knowledge and courtroom command to every case she handles.  Paula and Toni have worked together as opponents in many cases and have recently combined their efforts to become twice as strong.

Paula’s firm has enrolled 76 people as members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, which is one of the most successful Tribes in North America.  Paula’s firm aggressively fights for tribal membership certification for her clients, who may hire her in family groups to help with fees and costs.

Paula’s firm has the legal tribal background to not only represent individual Tribal people, but also to represent entire Tribal governments.  She knows that challenges that Tribe’s face and how to meet those challenges.

Paula’s law firm also successfully represents Tribal members and their families, all over the state of Michigan in the areas of criminal defense and family law. Toni L. Sessoms, is a formidable force in these cases as well as Tribal Membership litigation. Contact us today to discuss your rights.