Office of Legal Counsel

Protecting the interests of the CTUIR


To promote and defend the legal rights and interests of the tribal government as: 1) the successor to the Treaty of 1855; and 2) the government of its members and the Umatilla Indian Reservation.


The Office serves as attorneys to the CTUIR tribal government. This office provides centralized legal services to all divisions of the Tribal government and its entities. The CTUIR government interests include the Reservation, its off-reservation activities, as well as protecting and exercising the rights secured in the Treaty between the Walla Walla, Cayuses and Umatilla Tribes and Bands of Indians in Washington and Oregon Territories, June 9, 1855, 12 Stat. 945, ratified March 8, 1859.

CTUIR Member Services

This Office also administers two pass-through contracts that provide independent and confidential attorney services as follows:

Legal Aid Services of Oregon contract. The contract promotes and defends the legal rights and interests of low-income tribal members involved in civil legal disputes. The services are limited to low income CTUIR members and prioritize resources to target the following services: helping Tribal members to get or keep social security benefits, veterans' benefits, welfare benefits, Medicare benefits, and unemployment benefits.

Legal Aid also represents Tribal members in a variety of domestic violence and family law matters, representing Tribal members in disputes with (but not limited to) landlords, retailers, lenders, employers, and drafting wills.

Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon (NAPOLS) contract. The contract provides Will and Estate Planning legal services directly to CTUIR members.