Cherokee Tribal Court Lawyers
Providing Legal Representation for the Native Cherokee People of North Carolina
In North Carolina, over 56,000 acres of land fall under the control and jurisdiction of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The EBCI is a self-governing entity, meaning it has its own laws, government, institutions, elections, and the like. While the EBCI has adopted some aspects of North Carolina law, there are many differences. The laws governing civil and criminal matters are similar to state and federal laws. In criminal matters, your legal representative should understand how jurisdiction affects the outcome of criminal charges.
If you are a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians or find yourself involved in an injury law matter situated in the Qualla Boundary, it is critical that you retain the services of an attorney who is knowledgeable about and experienced in Indian law. The North Carolina Indian Law attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson are highly educated about laws surrounding injury or disability matters relating to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and can assist you with various legal matters. We focus on personal injury cases, workers' compensation, Veterans' Benefits, and Social Security Disability.
What Makes Us Different Makes Us Better
Since the Cherokee has its own legal system, there are few lawyers in North Carolina that understand it, or are willing to learn. At Grimes Teich Anderson, our attorneys possess the understanding of Indian law necessary to successfully represent both enrolled members and non-Indians in matters occurring on EBCI lands. We respect and seek to understand the Cherokee people's culture and tradition and the systems of jurisprudence and municipal law created by the Tribe's government. We are prepared to assist in all matters arising on the Qualla Boundary and those which fall under the jurisdiction of the EBCI.
Although the Qualla Boundary exists within a single state, these lands and the EBCI members are not strictly subject to North Carolina law. There are major differences in the law and how that law is executed in each of these jurisdictions and can lead to very different outcomes. An attorney with experience in both jurisdictions, and knowledge of the rules governing each, can be of great benefit to EBIC members in need of legal representation.
Our Practice is Your Solution
When you have a legal matter involving the EBCI, the outcome may depend largely upon which laws and procedures will govern your dispute and where the case will be tried. Legal disputes that involve tribal members or lands that can be subject to different bodies of law include:
Even when it is clear which law applies, you may still have the flexibility to decide which forum (court) would be most beneficial to your case—federal, state, or tribal. Questions regarding how you should proceed can only be resolved by evaluating your case's specifics with a lawyer that has a thorough understanding of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians law.
Contact an Experienced EBIC Attorney Today
At Grimes Teich Anderson, we have the knowledge and depth of experience to help you determine not only which legal standards apply to your issue, but also to identify the most appropriate forum in which to pursue your case.
If you have a legal problem that involves Indian law, contact the experienced North Carolina Cherokee Tribal Court lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson for a free consultation at 800-533-6845, or complete our confidential case evaluation form online.