Cameron Ann Fraser, Executive Director, Attorney
MILS's new 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.
Norika L. Kida Betti, Attorney
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.
Laura Foerster, AmeriCorps Attorney
Laura joined MILS in October of 2019 as an AmeriCorps attorneys working on the Partnering for Native Health program, of which MILS is a subgrantee. She will be providing legal assistance for patients at the Little Traverse Bay Bands and Little River Band health clinics. She received her Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1990, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in 1983, and her Master of Science in Nursing from McKendree University in 2018.
Lisa Gray, Attorney
Lisa joined MILS in 2019. Prior to joining MILS, Lisa worked primarily in civil litigation, representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants. Before working in civil litigation, Lisa worked throughout the State of Michigan as a Hearing Referee for the Michigan Tax Tribunal and volunteered as a pro-bono attorney for several legal aid organizations in Oakland County. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Lisa earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2005 and her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University Detroit College of Law in 2010.
James A. Keedy, Attorney
MILS’s former 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 became the Executive Director in 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.
John M. Morseau, Attorney
John joined MILS in 2019! He is a 2018 graduate, cum laude, of the University of New Mexico School of Law. He received his Bachelors of Arts from the Michigan State University in 2014, where he majored in Political Science. He has also worked for the Pokagon Tribal Court, where he is a member. John provides office hours in NHBPI Pine Creek, Pokagon Community Center, and at NHBPI Northern Health Office Tuesday through Thursday each week. John also sits on the section council for the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
Tanya Wanageshik, Attorney
Miss Tanya Sue Wanageshik is a citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Prior to her employment with MILS, Miss Wanageshik was the Chief Judge for the Grand Traverse Band for over four (4) years. She has also worked as tribal in-house staff attorney and/or was employed with a private law firm representing Indian tribes, tribal Members, and tribally owned-operated businesses throughout the United States with extensive litigation experience in various federal, state and Tribal courts. Her expertise includes litigation, constitutional reform, code and policy/procedure development/amendments, grant writing and implementation, housing matters, election disputes, disenrollments, and programmatic development. Miss Wanageshik has been an invited expert (Warsaw, Poland), panelist (Vienna, Austria) and participant (Rome, Italy) for meetings and forums convened by the Office of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) representing the interests of Indian Country. Miss Wanageshik has also presented at Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations (WEWIN) where she discussed tribal sovereignty, contract support costs claims, and tribal constitutional reform; she was also an invited panelist with the Traverse City Human Rights Commission discussing contemporary issues on human rights. Miss Wanageshik is a former Board Member for MILS and is currently on the council for the State Bar of Michigan’s American Indian Law Section wherein she previously held the positions of Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Miss Wanageshik is passionate about cats, an Aries, a perpetual optimist, and her favorite color is pink.
Mike Carda, Staff Accountant/Bookkeeper
Mike was hired as MILS' staff accountant in 2019. Mike went to school for accounting at Metropolitan State College in Colorado. He has worked in the airline industry and in child welfare as a director of finance.
Shelley Duthie, Legal Assistant
Shelley's previous work experience includes work as a Records Clerk and a 911 Dispatcher. Shelley recently moved to Traverse City from downstate and loves living up here. She even loves the winters with all the snow! She wishes she would have made the move sooner. She's glad to be part of the MILS organization.
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. 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.
Merry Koon, Clerk
Merry rejoined the MILS staff in October of 2019 after a 20 year hiatus. In the late 1990s, Merry was a bookkeeper and receptionist for MILS. She also served on the MILS Board of Trustees for 5 year. She is a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa and a proud grandmother of 2 grandchildren!