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Tribal Law and Policy Institute


California Office

Tribal Law and Policy Institute
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 211
West Hollywood, CA 90046
 Phone: (323) 650-5467
Fax: (323) 650-8149


California Staff

Jerry Gardner (Cherokee), Executive Director
Heather Valdez Singleton, Program Director
Jessica Allen (Apache), Operations Director
Chia Halpern (Spirit Lake), Tribal Court Specialist
Lauren Frinkman (Cochiti Pueblo), Tribal Law Specialist
Maria Alidio, Program Assistant
Chad Jackson (Cocopha), Administrative Assistant
Naomi Miguel (Tohono O'dham), Program Assistant
Terrilena Dodson (Navajo), Program Assistant
Lou Sgroi, Web Master

 Minnesota Office

 Tribal Law and Policy Institute
1619 Dayton Ave., Suite 305
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (651) 644-1125
Fax: (651) 644-1157


Minnesota Staff

Bonnie Clairmont (Ho-Chunk), Victim Advocacy Specialist
Arlene Downwind-White (Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians), Victim Advocacy Assistant


Montana Office

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes)
501 N. Sanders St., Suite 204
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 443-8202
Fax: (406) 545-2227



Montana (NRC4Tribes) Staff

Kathy Deserly, Associate Director
Joe Walker (Delaware), Tribal Child Welfare Specialist
Elizabeth Deserly (Kickapoo Tribe of Texas), NRC4Tribes Coordinator

Kim Just (Gros Ventre/Arapaho), NRC4Tribes Program Assistant