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The Center for Indigenous Peoples Rights

The Center for Indigenous Peoples Rights (CIPR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost legal services and critical nation-building technical assistance to meet the needs of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous nations exercising their inherent rights to self-governance and cultural, social, and economic development. The CIPR also engages in policy research and development to address the challenges impacting Indigenous peoples and Indigenous nations and to advance the policy interests of Indigenous peoples.


The CIPR’s vision is to ensure justice and equity for Indigenous peoples and Indigenous nations under U.S. and international law. 

The CIPR is an Indigenous-led organization and is dedicated to expanding the pipeline of Indigenous peoples in the legal field.


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Legal Director
Baramaya Guainia Yukayeke 


Policy Director
Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe


Tribal Affairs Director
Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe

CIPR Board of Directors

Mario McClain Jr., Esq., Wabbaquassett Nipmuc Tribe

Professor David Logan, Fmr. Dean of Roger Williams University School of Law

Samantha Maltais, Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe 

Matthew R. Plain, Esq., Barton Gilman, LLP

Dr. James D. Diamond, Univ. of Arizona College of Law's Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program


The CIPR is supported in partnership with:

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