Cherokee Tribal Law
Whether you are starting a business, have a civil dispute, or are injured on tribal land, understanding the complex system of overlapping laws governing tribal lands is imperative. We are experienced in how the laws overlap can make all the difference in the outcome of your legal matter.
Native Peoples | Cherokee Indian Law
In Western North Carolina, there are over 56,000 acres of land that fall under the control and jurisdiction of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI) located within the Qualla Boundary. Ordinances passed by the Tribal Council are enforced under the Principal Chief, Richard Sneed, and tribal government employees. The modern Cherokee Court, established in 1890, handles both criminal and civil matters which are under the jurisdiction of the EBCI.
A complex set of intersecting state, federal, and tribal laws govern all of the activities that occur on the Qualla Boundary. Whether you are starting a business, have a civil dispute, or are injured on tribal land, an understanding of this complex system is imperative. Moreover, child custody matters can be extremely complicated when multiple jurisdictions, including the Qualla Boundary, are involved. It is imperative to have attorneys that understand the unique intersection of these laws. Hiring an attorney experienced in how these laws overlap can make all the difference in the outcome of your legal matter.
We provide a wide range of legal services relative to Cherokee tribal law including:
Estate Law and Probate for Native American Residents of the Qualla Boundary
Estate Planning: Trusts and Wills
Estate Administration: Will Contests and Probate
Estate Management for Incompetency
Corporate Law on the Reservation
Entity Formation and Operation
Cherokee Municipal Law
Writing and Presentation of Tribal Council Resolutions and Ordinances
Tribal Enrollment Issues and Appeals
Real Property Law on the Qualla Boundary
Boundary and Land Disputes
Sale and Transfer of Land
Leases for Residential Properties
559 West Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779
MONDAY – THURSDAY
9 AM – 5 PM, Closed 12 – 1 PM
9 AM – Noon, By appointment only 1- 4 PM
Closed Wednesday at noon through Friday
Christmas / New Year:
Closed December 23 through Jan 2
No Real Estate Closings:
November 30, 2022
December 16, 2022 - January 11, 2023
Serving the counties of Jackson, Buncombe, Haywood, Macon, Swain, Graham, Clay, and the towns of Sylva, Murphy, Waynesville, Franklin, Bryson City, Hayesville, Robbinsville and the Cherokee Qualla Boundary.