Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) was created to provide legal services to low-income Natives and tribes to further sustainable economic development and self-government, protection of tribal cultures and religious freedoms, overcome discrimination, and preserve Indian families.

As the tribes in Michigan have gained federal recognition and achieved economic self-sufficiency, MILS’s focus has turned from federal recognition projects and tribal governance development to direct representation of individuals to defend the rights of native peoples and families.

MILS provides a full range of services with a focus on federal Indian and tribal law issues. The service area of MILS encompasses the entire 96,720 square miles of the state of Michigan.