Below are some of the most common requests for help that we receive.
Although we would like to, we are not able to provide help for all of the hundreds of requests that we receive each month. Therefore, we have made these help guides available through our website or the website of our library, the National Indian Law Library.
finding legal help
tracing your family’s roots
enrolling as a member of a tribe
rights for Native American inmates
wearing eagle feathers at graduation
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
Legal Assistance from NARF
NARF Staff Attorneys practice in specific areas of law, which do not include criminal representation or family law. If you would like to learn more about NARF’s practice and how to request legal help, visit: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/request-legal-assistance/.
Payments to Indian people
Contrary to popular belief, Indians do not receive payments from the federal government simply because they have Indian blood. Funds distributed to a person of Indian descent may represent mineral lease income on property that is held in trust by the United States or compensation for lands taken in connection with governmental projects.
Some tribes also provide benefits to their members. Check with your tribe for more information.
See also, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Financial Assistance and Social Services at https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/801
Cobell Case / Indian Trust Settlement
Please see http://www.cobellsettlement.com regarding the Cobell Indian Trust Settlement.
By calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) callers affected by intimate partner violence can be connected with a StrongHearts advocate trained to provide confidential, culturally appropriate advocacy and referral tools at no cost. More information is available at their website at
StrongHearts Native Helpline: http://www.strongheartshelpline.org/