OUR MISSION


The mission of Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) is to improve the lives of Native American peoples, families, and communities through legal assistance and advocacy at no charge for those who are income-eligible for services. MILS is a specialized law office that serves the unique legal needs of the members of the native communities in Michigan to: 1) protect families and cultural practices, 2) secure fundamental rights and access to basic needs, and 3) challenge policies and practices that are harmful to our clients and client communities.

Vision Statement

MILS envisions a time when all Native Americans and community members have ready access to legal services to meet their basic needs and where everyone can enjoy their rights and be treated fairly in their pursuit of justice.


Core Values


Empowerment and Respect

Our legal advocates work in partnership with our clients, treating them with respect, encouraging them to actively participate in decision-making, and pursuing client-defined goals.

Expertise and Diligence

Our legal advocates are experts in their areas of specialization and zealous in their representation of clients, possessing the requisite knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation necessary to effectively advocate for the prompt resolution of our clients’ interests.

Cultural Competence

Our legal advocates are dedicated to providing culturally competent services.

For Our Staff

We treat each other with respect and compassion. We are a stronger force when we work together.

Stewardship

MILS’ board and staff are committed to the careful stewardship of the resources that have been entrusted to us.

Sharing is a Native American tradition. We invite you to participate in this tradition by contributing to MILS. With your support, MILS can continue to achieve justice on behalf of Native Americans.

Donations can be made through GuideStar at https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx…

For Michigan licensed attorneys, donations can be made through the Access to Justice Campaign at https://e.michbar.org/Donations/ATJ?ID=ATJ

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Because MILS receives funding through the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), we are required to notify all funders, including private donors, that we will not engage in activities prohibited by the LSC Act , regualtions, or appropriations riders using the donated funds. Prohibitions include such activities as abortion litigation, class actions, civil litigation on behalf of the incarcerated, representation for undocumented aliens, evictions from public housing involving illegal drug activities, lobbying, handling state or federal criminal cases, school desegregation cases, or cases involving military desertion. For more information, please see 45 CFR 1610.

Thank you for your support!