Appreciating the Opportunity

By: Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com

Procopio recently had the pleasure of being one of the sponsors of the Inter Tribal Sports Golf Tournament at Pechanga.  Beautiful day, magnificent course, and great company.  Our golf was not legendary, but it was a great way to support ITS  along with other sponsors Pechanga, Pala, Sycuan and the Randy Jones Invitational.  We appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community we work with.  That got me thinking about some of the other groups that we are allowed to work with.  Kudos to these groups for supporting the local Native American Community:

American Indian Recruitment (AIR) Program Created in 1993, at San Diego State University and in partnership with the Department of American Indian Studies, the American Indian Recruitment Program has been established with the ideals of promoting higher education and success in academics in the Native community. Procopio joins with the American Indian Recruitment Program to empower Native youth to meet their goals to obtain higher education.

Maataam NakaShin Celebrating indigenous peoples is a priority for Procopio, as is empowering an understanding of indigenous cultures through history, art, traditions and Native science. As a proud sponsor of Maataam NakaShin and providing pro bono legal services, Procopio joins Native Nations and the Greater San Diego community in supporting the public awareness of indigenous populations at the San Diego Panama Exposition Centennial in 2015 and beyond.

Inter Tribal Sports Procopio supports the outreach efforts Inter Tribal Sports in their mission to unify tribal youth and communities through structured athletic programs while providing necessary resources and developing a strong foundation in culture, leadership and wellness.

California Indian Legal Services California Indian Legal Services (CILS) is the first Indian-controlled law firm organized to provide specialized legal representation to Indians and Indian tribes. CILS, a non-profit law firm, provides free or low-cost representation on those matters that fall within the priorities set by its Board of Trustees. Created by California Indian leaders and public interest attorneys, CILS has been one of the pre-eminent advocates for the rights of Native Americans and Indian Tribes for over forty years. However, some cases and clients can be burdensome for CILS to handle due to costs.  In such cases, Procopio’s attorneys developed a pro-bono co-counsel relationship with CILS to help serve its clients in litigation, property rights, protection of cultural resources and other matters throughout California. CILS is supported by grants, namely the Legal Services Corporation and the State Bar of California, private foundations, and individual and corporate contributors as well as contracts from a host of California’s 109 federally recognized Indian Tribes. Procopio is excited to be a part of this public interest collaboration serving the Native American Community.

Ted is head of the Native American Law practice group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. Connect with Ted at ted.griswold@procopio.com and 619.515.3277.