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 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.
Maura Brennan, Attorney
Maura received her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University and her undergrad degree. She became licensed to practice law in Michigan in 1991 and has worked with MILS off and on since 1998. She is currently working part-time at MILS on several tribal court child welfare matters.
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.
Bill Gregory, Attorney
Bill Gregory joined the MILS staff in April of 2019 as a part-time attorney in the Traverse City office. Bill earned his Juris Doctor from Cooley Law School and has been working in Indian Country since the early 1980s. He has served as the tribal prosecutor at the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and the Little River Band of Ottawa. He has also served as a tribal judge and as a tribal manager.
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.
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. Ruth received her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in 1985, majoring in Social Science/Pre-Law (minors in history, economics and political science), and has recently taken master’s degree classes in public administration. Ruth is an enrolled member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and has experience working in Indian Country.
Shelley Duthie, Clerk
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.