Cameron Ann Fraser, Executive Director, Attorney
MILS's Executive Director, Cami Fraser, rejoined the MILS staff in 2007 after having served as a law clerk during the summer of 1998. Cami received her Bachelor of Science 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 Juris Doctor 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.
David Ballard, Attorney (part-time, ANA grant)
David joined the MILS team in 2021 as a part-time attorney, providing estate planning services under the ANA grant. He has previously worked for Alaska Legal Services, Legal Aid of Western Michigan and the Michigan Advocacy Program. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University in 2014 and his JD from Notre Dame in 2018.
Norika L. Kida Betti, Attorney and Pro Bono
Norika rejoined the MILS staff in 2017 after a short break. She 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.
Chloe Warren-Elm, MAP CvLAP Domestic Violence Attorney
* Michigan License Pending
Chloe joined the MILS team in September of 2020 as a MAP CvLAP employee hosted at MILS. She is a 2020 graduate of the Michigan State University School of Law and a 2017 graduate of Syracuse University. She will be working exclusively with survivors of domestic violence at Grand Traverse Band, Gun Lake, Little River Band, Little Traverse Bay Bands, and Saginaw Chippewas. She is enrolled with Tonawanda Band of Seneca in upstate New York.
Laura Foerster, Attorney
Lisa Gray, Attorney
James Keedy, Attorney (part-time)
James Keedy joined the MILS staff in the mid-1980s and served as its executive director for over 30 years. Now, mostly retired, he continues to serve the native communities in Michigan as a part-time attorney with MILS. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his JD from Wayne State.
Heather Montei, Attorney (part-time)
Heather Joined the MILS staff in as a part-time attorney in August of 2020. Heather earned her J.D. in 2007 at Valparaiso University School of Law and her B.S. in 1999 at Michigan State University. Heather's love is her work in journalism and her work in print media. She is an Editor/Owner of Sports in Motion Magazine , a publication that specializing in reporting on local sports in northern Michigan.
Ian Tullock, Attorney (ANA grant)
Ian Joined the MILS staff in January of 2020. Ian grew up in Ottawa County and attended Grand Haven High School. Ian received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design, where he majored in Graphic design and minored in illustration. In May of 2019, Ian Graduated from Maurer School of Law Indiana University. While in law school, he worked with the local public defender’s office as well as the university’s student legal services program.
Michelle Zylstra, Attorney (southwest Michigan)
Michelle joined MILS in September 2020. She is a 2006 graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in Communications. She went on to graduate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2015 and is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Indiana. She is based out of Grand Rapids and will be serving MILS as an attorney for SW Michigan.
Hank Fields, Communications and Pro Bono Coordinator
Hank joined the MILS staff in September of 2019 to help establish our new Pro Bono Program. He received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and his MBA from Ferris State University. He also holds MA degrees in Project Management and IP Law and his paralegal degree. His extensive experience in marketing has helped shape the dynamic programs for Warner Bros Music, Google, and Hilton Hotels. After spending more than twenty years in strategic management, Hank understands what propels businesses forward and how to increase organizational efficiency for optimized performance. He is a Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa member and is happy to be back home.
Jeannie Brooks, Administrative Assistant
Shocko Hall, Legal Assistant
Shocko joined the MILS staff in 2020! He was a long-term employee at the Grand Traverse Band, where he a member.
Merry Koon, Bookkeeper
Merry Koon has been part of the MILS family since the 1990s. She has been an employee and Board member. She is currently working as our Bookkeeper in our Traverse City office. She is a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa.
Libby Ockert, Legal Assistant
Libby joined the MILS staff as a clerk in June of 2020.
Karen Oskaboose, Legal Assistant
Karen rejoined the MILS staff in December of 2020. She had served as a legal assistant for MILS between 2005 and 2010. She is a citizens of the Little River Band of Ottawa.