James A. Keedy, Executive Director, Attorney
MILS’s Executive Director, James (Jim) Keedy, is an attorney licensed with the state of Michigan. He was a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) attorney for the Washtenaw County Legal Aid Society in 1977-78. He was both staff attorney and managing attorney at Legal Services of Southeastern Michigan from 1978 to 1986. He was hired as a staff attorney at MILS in 1987 and has been the Executive Director since 1988. Mr. Keedy is a graduate of Michigan State University and Wayne State University Law School. He is the past chair and member of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a member of the State Bar’s American Indian Law Committee and formerly ex officio member of the Steering Committee and Treasurer of the National Association of Indian Legal Services. He is the 2004 recipient of the American Indian Law Section presents the Tecumseh Peacekeeping Award, the 2018 recipient of the Parent Attorney of the Year Award by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board, and the 2018 recipient of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Pierce-Hickerson Award.
Hon. Cameron Ann Fraser, Deputy Director, Attorney
Cami rejoined the MILS staff in 2007 after having served as a law clerk during the summer of 1998. Cami received her B.S. from the University of Iowa in 1997, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Anthropology and earned a certificate in American Indian and Native Studies. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan in 2000. Upon graduation from law school, Cami practiced law in Alaska for over two years and then worked for a tribe in Washington State. She is a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, where she serves as an elected judge, and is also enrolled with the Cherokee Nation. She sits on the Steering Committee for the National Association of Indian Legal Services, is a past chair of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a member of the State Bar’s American Indian Law Committee.
Norika L. Kida Betti, Attorney
Norika began working as an attorney at MILS in January of 2014. In fact, Norika is following in her mother’s footsteps. Her mother – Nancy Kida – was a staff attorney at Michigan Indian Legal Services during the mid-1980’s. Norika grew up in Benzie county and graduated from Benzie Central High School. Following graduation from high school, Norika attended Kalamazoo College where she majored in Human Development and Social Relations. She then worked in Benzie County as an Americorps VISTA volunteer, coordinating after school programs for school-aged children. Norika left Northern Michigan again to attend Vermont Law School, from which she graduated in 2013.
Ann M. Chamberlain, Attorney
Ann started with MILS in January of 2018 as the SW Office Attorney. Ann provides office hours in NHBPI Pine Creek, Pokagon Community Center, and at NHBPI Northern Health Office Tuesday through Thursday each week. Her previous legal experience includes primarily criminal defense for the seven county area around Bay City, Michigan. She also completed an externship during law school with the Tribal Prosecutor at Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Ann received her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and she also has a Masters of Business Administration from Davenport University. Prior to entering law school, she was employed in the Higher Education Department for six years at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Ann resides near Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, with her husband and two sons.
Sarah Maev Donnelly Scott, Attorney
Sarah joined the staff at MILS in March of 2018. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with minors in Chemistry and Sociology before completing her Juris Doctor at Michigan State University College of Law with a certificate in Indigenous Law. Before working for MILS, Sarah was the program coordinator for the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State. Sarah is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.
Ruth A. Dudley, Administrative Assistant
Ruth was hired as the MILS Administrative Assistant in May 2017 and her previous work experience includes work as a paralegal, grant writer, and federal grant peer reviewer; she is currently working on her master’s degree in public administration. Ruth is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and has experience working in Indian Country.
Kareen M. Lewis, Legal Assistant, Paralegal
Kareen joined the MILS staff in July of 2018. She has extensive experience serving as a paralegal for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, where she is a member. She has served as Vice President of Uniting Three Fires Against Violence, Chair of the LRBOI Commerce Commission, Board Member of Public, Education and Governmental TV, Three Fires Alliance Water Protectors, and Secretary of Native American Church of the Morning Star, Michigan Chapter. Kareen is an alumni of Haskell Indian Nations University and Fort Lewis College where she studied, English Communications. She is also a published writer and poet.