United States Commission on Civil Rights

Confidential Draft Report
“Enforcement of the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968”

May 1990


Indian Civil Rights, page 35
represent them in the pending criminal cases before the Red Lake Court of Indian Offenses. ... Mr. Meshbesher has been informed by Ms. Marilyn J. Johnson, the Clerk of Court of the Red Lake Court of Indian Offenses, that he will not be allowed to practice in the Red Lake Court of Indian Offenses until and unless he is licensed by the Red Lake Tribe.  However, Mr. Meshbesher has contacted Mr. Royce Graves, Sr., the official secretary of the Red Lake Indian Tribe, to obtain information and procedures to become licensed to practice before the Red Lake Court of Indian Offenses.  The Tribal Secretary has informed Mr. Meshbesher that there are no procedures by which he could become licensed to practice before the Red Lake Court of Indian Offenses, and further, that the Red Lake Indian Tribe has no plan or intention of developing or putting in place procedures by which he, or any other attorney, could become licensed to practice before the Red Lake Court of Indian Offenses. [74]

     In its statement for the Commission, the Red Lake Tribe acknowledged that "there are today no Red Lake

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     [74]  Id. at 3-4.  See also supporting affidavit of Richard Meshbesher, Anderson v. Schoenborne, File No. 6-87-3 (D.Minn. filed Jan. 5, 1987).  The district court dismissed the case without prejudice on Mar. 5, 1987, based on a magistrate's report finding that defendants were no longer in custody, et alia.  Report and Recommendation of J. Earl Cudd, United States Magistrate, February 12, 1987.

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