Michigan Indian Legal Services Halloween Party
Join us at Ranch Rudolf in Traverse City, Michigan for a fun Halloween Party
Please join MICHIGAN INDIAN LEGAL SERVICES on Halloween, Oct. 31st from 3PM - 8PM.
Games, candy, drinks, prizes for costumes, and horse-drawn hayrides all on
the beautiful riverside resort of Ranch Rudolf. www.ranchrudolf.com
Masks are required and social distancing will be observed!
Call (231) 947-0122 for more information and Tickets!
In September, 1975, a small but visionary group of Michigan Indians and attorneys met at Ranch Rudolf, south of Traverse City, to organize Michigan Indian Legal Services. MILS was created to provide legal services to low income Indian individuals and tribes to further sustainable economic development and self-government, protection of tribal cultures and religious freedoms, overcome discrimination, and preserve Indian families. MILS offices were initially housed in a small cinder block building on Garfield Road, only a few miles south of the present location.
Over the years, MILS has helped a number of the tribes in Michigan obtain federal recognition. MILS filed the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa's petition for federal recognition and, in 1980, they became the first tribe in the US to be recognized under the Bureau of Indian Affair's regulations. In the 1980s, MILS worked with Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to gain separate federal recognition, which was achieved in 1988. MILS also worked with Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, Little River Band of Ottawa and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to gain legislative affirmation in 1994.