Band Member Legal Services


We are only accepting clients by appointment at this time. If you would like to make an appointment please call: 320-532-7798. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 to 5, with a closure from 12:00pm -1:00 for the lunch hour. The office is closed for all Band holidays.

43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359

Office Line: 320-532-7798
Fax: 320-532-5135


Kerri Johnson
Peter Nickitas
Diane Poss
Shannon Nayquonabe

(Managing Attorney)
(Staff Attorney)
(Staff Attorney)
(Staff Attorney)
(Civil Case Support Manager)


Court Transport is available for the limited in person appearances that are scheduled. Please contact 320-279-0054 to schedule a transport. You must schedule an appointment in advance of your court hearing to ensure transportation is available. ALL riders MUST wear a mask at ALL TIMES while inside the transport vehicle.


Band Member Legal Services provides: legal representation, legal advice, brief services, and administrative services.

We do not accept all cases. We have the right to deny service based upon the merits, availability of staffing, and resources that are required to effectively provide counsel on matters.
The following are the limitations for representation as set forth in Band law.

15 MLBSA 3 §911:

(a) Band Member Legal Services may represent Band members in all civil matters in administrative hearings, tribal court, state court, and federal court.
(b) Band Member Legal Services may represent Band members in criminal matters in tribal court, state court, and federal court, provided that:

  1. The charge or charges do not implicate an act against another Band member;
  2. the representation is in accordance with any standards promulgated by the board; and
  3. the representation is not for a charge that constitutes a drug crime, unless it is a first-time possession offense that is a charge of second or lesser degree.

If you are seeking legal representation, advice, or brief services please contact 320-532-7798 to complete an intake. All individuals seeking assistance must complete an intake.

Please contact Band Member Legal Services as soon as you know that you have a legal matter that you need assistance with. Please contact Band Member Legal Services within 24 hours of a child protection matter that has resulted in your children being removed from your care.


• Family Law (divorce and custody/visitation)
• Child Protection (CHIPS)
• Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
• Domestic Abuse
• Housing
• Public Benefits (denial or termination of benefits, social security)
• Consumer Law and Debt Collection
• Estate Planning
• Probate
• Elder Law (health care directives, powers of attorney, estate planning, probate, guardianships, grandchild adoption/guardianship/custody, Indian trust land/accounts)
• Criminal Law
• Child Protection
• Juvenile Delinquency
• Truancy


• Suing another Band member for money damages
• Personal injury
• Bankruptcy
• Workers’ compensation
• Employment discrimination
• Wrongful termination
• Cases in federal court
• Commitments
• Criminal or civil cases outside our service area
• ALL limitations identified in 15 MLBSA 3, §911

Band Member Legal Services provides representation on criminal and traffic cases in Tribal Court and in Aitkin, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, and Pine Counties, and civil cases in Tribal Court and in Aitkin, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties.

Band Member Legal Services contracts with attorneys for conflict civil cases and ALL Mille Lacs County criminal cases except those that are excluded pursuant to ordinance 17-01-84-16.


We provide notary services at no cost to Band members during business hours or by appointment. If you need a document notarized, please bring a photo ID and the document that needs to be notarized. Please be aware we CANNOT notarize your signature without a photo ID.


This website was created for informational purposes only. It is not meant to provide legal advice or form an attorney-client relationship. Legal advice is dependent on the unique circumstances of your situation. Deadlines are extremely important in most legal matters. You may lose important legal rights if you do not hire an attorney immediately to advise you. If in doubt, please call BMLS at 320-532-7798.

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