Detroit Partner Jana Berger Published in Legal Resource on Native American Law Issues

Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce that Jana Berger, a partner in the firms’ Detroit office, is a contributing author to Aspatore’s 2013 Inside the Minds®, series on Emerging Issues in Tribal – State Relations.

Ms. Berger’s contribution, Navigating Tribal Membership Enrollment Issues, describes how federal law and society place inconsistent definitions on who is “Indian.” She also provides practical examples of how tribal membership resonates within the spirit of Native American individuals – how very meaningful tribal affiliation is within the context of Native American culture.  The Chapter further explains how tribal membership issues can play a key role in tribal, state and federal cases involving crimes, usufructuary rights and child custody.

Ms. Berger, who heads the firms’ American Indian Law Practice Group, is active in various cases involving enrollment and disenrollment of individuals within Tribes, as well as other matters involving tribal governance. She is licensed to practice in several tribal courts, in addition to state and federal courts in Michigan and California.  She currently is pursuing a Master of Jurisprudence in Federal Indian Law from the University of Tulsa College of Law.   Details on this valuable resource are available here.

For information or assistance with tribal law issues, contact Jana Berger at 248-721-4200 or e-mail her at


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