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Native American Program

Managing Attorney: Jonathan Seagrass

Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Native American Program provides free civil legal assistance to Native Americans either living in Nebraska or having a legal issue pending in a tribal, state, or administrative court located in Nebraska. All Native American Program attorneys are licensed to practice law in the State of Nebraska and in the Omaha, Ponca, Winnebago, and Santee Sioux Nation tribal courts. The Native American Program also provides free legal assistance in criminal cases filed in tribal court.

Common Legal Issues We Help With


Children and Families

  • Assisting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking
  • Protection Orders
  • Custody/Divorce
  • Full Faith and Credit of Tribal Court Orders
  • Simple Estate Planning; Wills, Power of Attorney, Advance Directives, Transfer on Death Deeds




  • Bankruptcy
  • Collections
  • Unfair Debt Practices
  • Bank/Wage Garnishment
  • Tax Issues

Income and Benefits

  • Social Security Disability
  • Medicaid
  • SNAP
  • TANF
  • Unemployment Benefits




  • Evictions
  • Public Housing
  • Housing Conditions
  • Foreclosure

In Person

Our attorneys conduct “office hours” throughout Nebraska so that Native Americans wanting to speak to an attorney can do so face to face, if they wish. No appointment is necessary, however office hours are subject to change. If you plan to meet us during office hours, you may call 1-888-991-9921 to ask if the office hours have been rescheduled.

Santee Sioux Nation

Once a month on the Court’s civil court day at the Santee Sioux Nation Tribal Court building, 207 His Red Nation St., Santee, NE 68760.

Contact the Court at 402-857-2812 to find out when the next civil court day is scheduled.

Winnebago Tribe

4th Tuesday of the month from 11:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
at the Winnebago Senior Center

103 Beck St., Winnebago, NE 68071


NUIHC Lincoln

Every other Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at 2331 Fairfield St., Lincoln, NE 68521 Call 402-434-7177 to check the schedule.


Ponca Lincoln Health and Wellness Center

Every other Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1600 Windhoek Lane, Lincoln, NE 68512* Call 531-248-3030 to check the schedule.

Omaha Area

Every other Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Ponca Transit Building (5701 S. 85th Circle, Ralston, NE 68127)

Every other Monday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center (2602 J Street, Omaha, NE 68107)

Call 531-248-3030 to check the schedule.


1st Tuesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
at NWCAP, 270 Pine Street, Chadron, NE 69337

Hay Springs

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
at the Sharing and Caring Center,
N. 1st St., Hay Springs, NE 69347


3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at North West Community Action Partnership (NWCAP),
207 S. Main Street, Rushville, NE 69360


4th Tuesday of the month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Lakota Lutheran Center, 1200 E. Overland, Scottsbluff, NE 69361


2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at St. Johns Church, 372 N. Main, Valentine, NE 69201

Native American AccessLine

The AccessLine is a toll-free legal assistance hotline. Any Native American may call the AccessLine to request advice, representation, or other legal assistance.

Domestic Violence Initiative

Through this program, we provide free legal advice and representation to Native American survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking. All services are strictly confidential. We also work with tribal nations to increase community awareness and understanding of these crimes, and to improve community response. As part of this effort, we can make presentations and conduct trainings, including but not limited to:


Legal issues pertaining to domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking against Native Americans


Legal resources available to survivors of violence


Full Faith and Credit of Tribal Court Orders


Applying for and obtaining domestic violence protection orders


Violence Against Women Act Housing Protections

 For more information regarding presentations or training, contact
Native Medical-Legal Partnerships

We work with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Health Services, and the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition to improve the health of Native Americans though assistance with health-harming legal issues. Patients of these facilities can ask for a referral to Legal Aid for advice or representation with these issues. Health-harming legal issues can include, but are not limited to:


Being Denied or Terminated From Social Security/Disability benefits


Medicaid denials




Estate Planning


Lack of Health Insurance


Food Stamps




Other Housing Issues

How We Help:

We provide information, referrals, advice, self-help services, limited assistance and representation to qualifying low-income Native Americans either living in Nebraska or having a legal issue pending in a tribal, state, or administrative court located in Nebraska. The type of assistance we provide depends upon your situation, the legal issue and Legal Aid’s resources. Our services are free to those who qualify.



How to apply for Services:

Native American AccessLine®

Toll-free: 1-800-729-9908
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to Noon CST