An 80-year-old tribal elder residing in a Burlington assisted-living facility sought legal help to get a will. Plagued with many debilitating heath problems, she was immobile but articulated the need to maintain family ownership of her Federal Indian Trust land on the Swinomish Indian Reservation which had been held by her family for generations. She feared losing the land to further fractionation and, ultimately, loss of its use and enjoyment by family members. A legal aid attorney met with the client several times at her home and completed her will. Without legal help, this tribal woman?s family may have lost their property, all she had to pass on, upon her death.
Alliance Member: Northwest Justice Project