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I got a possession charge at Four Winds Casino. An ounce of my meds were seized, and now I have to go to tribal court. I have no idea what to do??? I cannot afford an attorney. Anyone have suggestions?

Tribal court ? :unsure:

 

Are you a native indian can they enforce this charge outside the reservation does local law enforcement step in and extradite you back to the reservation if you dont show up ? :unsure:

 

What a conundrum good luck . :mellow:

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I got a possession charge at Four Winds Casino. An ounce of my meds were seized, and now I have to go to tribal court. I have no idea what to do??? I cannot afford an attorney. Anyone have suggestions?

 

 

wow there but for the grace of god go I! I just got popped at soaring eagle didnt touch or say a word to me when they seen my card and I.d

 

I thank god I dont Know, I hear there dif though! I didnt notice no signs going in saying they dont honor mm laws in MI

 

 

edit= a thought from K D maybe you dont show they cant get ya, id talk to a lawyer call legal aid, I dont believe the laws are the same in indian nation (reservations)

 

Peace

FTW

Jim

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Actually, I am Native American, a medical marijuana patient (cardholder since 2009), and to top it all off, a member of the tribe which owns Four Winds Casino.

The tribal police said he encourages me to fight it, and if I win I will get my meds back.

 

Not a lawyer... but if you are under their (Tribal) jurisdiction, they can coordinate your 'arrest' with the local police and probably could even bring in the Federal LEOs.

 

Often pays to be cool where ever you are... and know the laws.

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Being Indian , I have to inform you that all casinos have to follow strict federal guidelines and laws on the grounds . Not sure how it will boil in tribal court as its not federally legal . But hey this is just the legality . You may find this thrown out as well in the end .

 

Also being a tribal member, I have noticed that with some issues they want to follow state law, but now they want to play the federal card. The rules and laws need to be clarified!!

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Also being a tribal member, I have noticed that with some issues they want to follow state law, but now they want to play the federal card. The rules and laws need to be clarified!!

 

 

There was a case like this in Manistee at the Little River casino, guy was a patient without his paperwork or card. medicating in his car when he was popped, they filed federal charges on him case was in Grand Rapids federal court. When he got in front of the judge he told him he was a MMJ patient and was legal with the state, judge asked to see his card which he produced and the judge dismissed his case just like the law was intended. The ironic thing is this all happened in federal court in GR, seems a little backwards to me but you might want to take your chances with a federal judge. It's a tough call because all Indian casinos are on Federal land, they have to put the land into trust with the feds in order to have a casino on it, hence it makes it federal jurisdiction.

 

Hope this helps some Doug

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There was a case like this in Manistee at the Little River casino, guy was a patient without his paperwork or card. medicating in his car when he was popped, they filed federal charges on him case was in Grand Rapids federal court. When he got in front of the judge he told him he was a MMJ patient and was legal with the state, judge asked to see his card which he produced and the judge dismissed his case just like the law was intended. The ironic thing is this all happened in federal court in GR, seems a little backwards to me but you might want to take your chances with a federal judge. It's a tough call because all Indian casinos are on Federal land, they have to put the land into trust with the feds in order to have a casino on it, hence it makes it federal jurisdiction.

 

Hope this helps some Doug

 

 

Here is the link to the above story. Maybe you will feel a bit better after reading.

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/01/medical_marijuana_law_continue.html

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Ok I am not native american but have relative who are and I think if they are summoning you to tribal court you might be better off discussing this an attorney that knows tribal law. I know you said you can not afford one but sometimes they do consults free. Honestly what would be wonderful maybe is if they decide your of the same tribe keep it a tribal thing. Sometimes elders like to keep the tribes name out of the papers and all you have to do is mention this to the papers and now they have a pr problem. just sayin

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so your a member of the nation that owns the casino. but you cant afford a lawyer?

 

sorry if i sound daft here, but do not most member of a nation, share in the monies made from a casino on thier tribes land?

i know the MtP tribes members get a monthly check from the tribe (for casino rations if you will).

one of my frinds is 1/2 chipawaa, her mom was full, and her dad was caucasion. she gets 6grand amonth, her son, at 1/4 chip, gets 4grand a month, here mom gets around 10grand a month being full blood Chip.

 

 

again, dont mean to sound or be ignorant, but it seems ifyour a tribal member, then you should be getting some kind fo casino money, or does your tribe not share the love so to speak?

 

 

 

deffinatly talk to a lawyer. call the tribal court, and ask how the allow for a person to obtain legal representatoin if you cant afford one? ask if they have a Public Defender (for their court system). but certainly speak to a lawyer about it. as noted, one familiar with tribal laws.

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Can someone show me any proof that indian reservations work with local law enforcement?

 

From what ive seen over the years reservations never cooperate with outside law enforcement on anything that happens on tribal land im sure i remember some case from a few years back reguarding a similar situation .

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