Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc.

4200 Perimeter Center Drive, Suite 222

Oklahoma City, OK 73112

(405) 943-6457

800-658-1497 (In State Only)

405-917-7060 (Fax)

general email: oils@oilsonline.org

Welcome to OILS!

Seeking Native Justice
 

    Welcome to Oklahoma Indian Legal Services! OILS is a non-profit legal aid office that provides services to low-income Indians living in Oklahoma. The attorneys and staff at OILS represents Indian people in civil cases that are connected to their Indian status. This means that OILS’s clients are members of federally-recognized tribes who are facing problems that are related to that status. The main OILS office is centrally located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with a satellite office in Ada, Oklahoma. From these locations, OILS attorneys provide services to all counties in the state.


    OILS receives its funding from the Legal Services Corporation, Washington, D.C. OILS is one of the few “stand-alone” Indian law programs in the nation. A “stand-alone” program is a legal services office that only handles Indian law issues. Many other legal aid offices have a component program that serves Indian law clients. These programs are called “component programs,” and consist of attorneys within larger legal aid communities who specialize in Indian law. These are located in states with smaller Indian populations.


    OILS specializes in the areas of law that impact Indian people because they are members of a federally-recognized tribe. These cases include the Indian Child Welfare Act, probate on restricted lands, wills for elderly Indians on trust or restricted land, Indian housing issues, tribal sovereignty issues, and individual rights.  OILS also provides community education about Indian law issues to Native American groups, tribal employees, and attorneys and judges nationally. OILS attorneys are recognized nationally for their expertise in property and particularly in the Indian Child Welfare Act. OILS publishes The Indian Child Welfare Act: Case, Regulation, and Analysis. It is updated annually and is one of the few national resources for case information in this fast-changing area of Indian law.


   OILS has several other programs designed to help people. OILS contracts with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to assist restricted land owners for probates  in eastern and southern Oklahoma. A Justice Department grant makes it possible for OILS to sometimes represent Indians in tribal court criminal proceedings


    The OILS tax clinic provides information to people with tax problems through seminars and meetings conducted throughout the state. This program, through a grant from the Internal Revenue Service, is available for all low-income people.


   To complete an application, call the office during regular business hours. The telephone number is 1-800-658-1497 (in state, toll free) or 405-943-6457 (out of state or in Oklahoma City). Due to limited resources, OILS only accepts telephone applications at this time.    


    OILS does many community educations for tribes, local bar associations, and other interested groups. A calendar of upcoming events can be found  here. If you would like OILS to have a community education for your group, email Steve Hager.


  




 
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