Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc.

4200 Perimeter Center Drive, Suite 222

Oklahoma City, OK 73112

(405) 943-6457

800-658-1497 (In State Only)

405-917-7060 (Fax)

general email: oils@oilsonline.org

     Welcome to OILS
 Native Justice

    Welcome to Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc. OILS is a non-profit legal aid office that provides services to low-income Indians living in Oklahoma. The attorneys and staff at OILS repre sents Indian people in civil cases that are connected to their Indian status. This means thatOILS’s clients are members of federally-recognized tribes who are facing problems that are related to that status. The main OILS office is centrally located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with a satellite office in Ada, Oklahoma. From these locations, OILS attorneys provide services to all counties in the state.

    OILS receives its funding from the Legal Services Corporation, Washington, D.C. OILS is one of six “stand-alone” Indian law programs in the nation. A “stand-alone” program is a legal services office that only handles Indian law issues. Many other legal aid offices have a component program that serves Indian law clients. These programs are called “component programs,” and consist of attorneys within larger legal aid communities who specialize in Indian law. These are located in states with smaller Indian populations.

    OILS specializes in the areas of law that impact Indian people because they are members of a federally-recognized tribe. These cases include the Indian Child Welfare Act, probate on restricted lands, wills for elderly Indians on trust or restricted land, Indian housing issues, tribal sovereignty issues, and individual rights.  OILS also provides community education about Indian law issues to Native American groups, tribal employees, and attorneys and judges nationally. OILS attorneys are recognized nationally for their expertise in property and particularly in the Indian Child Welfare Act. OILS publishes The Indian Child Welfare Act: Case and Analysis. It is updated annually and is one of the few national resources for case information in this fast-changing area of Indian law.

    In addition to providing legal services for civil matters in tribal, state and federal courts, OILS also conducts several other programs designed to help all citizens. For example, OILS conducts a low-income tax clinic with funding from the Internal Revenue Service.  OILS also contracts with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to assist restricted land owners in clearly probates to deceased land owners in eastern and southern Oklahoma. A Justice Department grant makes it possible for OILS to represent Indians in tribal court criminal proceedings in certain cases.

    OILS has an Indian versus Indian policy which prohibit the representation of one Indian person against another. However, there are some exceptions to this policy.

    From January through April, the low-income tax clinic (LITC) provides information to people with tax problems through seminars and meetings conducted throughout the state. This program, through a grant from the Internal Revenue Service, is available for all low-income people.

    If you need to complete an application, you can call the office during regular business hours. The telephone number is 1-800-658-1497 (in state, toll free) or 405-943-6457 (out of state or in Oklahoma City). You can also walk in at our Oklahoma City office and complete an application during regular business hours.

    OILS does many community educations for tribes, local bar associations, and other interested groups. A calendar of upcoming events can be found  here. If you would like OILS to have a community education for your group, email Steve Hager.

    If you have questions regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act, podcasts are now available for this topic. More will  be added in the future, so be sure and check back.

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