DNA People’s Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal aid organization working to protect civil rights, promote tribal sovereignty and alleviate civil legal problems for people who live in poverty in the Southwestern United States. Since 1967, DNA has provided free legal aid in remote portions of three states and seven Native American nations, helping thousands of low income people annually to achieve long lasting economic stability by providing access to tribal, state and federal justice systems. Contributions to our organization are tax deductible and help us to make “Justice for All” a reality.
To serve our client communities as advocates and teachers in order to address the causes and symptoms of poverty, foster individual independence and dignity, and protect and promote tribal sovereignty. Our services must help our clients develop the resources necessary to meet external challenges, and help off-reservation communities and businesses better understand our clients and respect their rights. We will focus our resources on those most vulnerable, and on those for whom we can achieve long-term benefits by breaking the cycle of poverty.
DNA’s administrative headquarters are in Window Rock, Arizona, but our service area includes the most remote and isolated portions of five counties in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, and area comparable in size to the state of Michigan. The region includes the nation’s largest county (Coconino in Arizona) and seven Native American nations, including the nation’s largest (Navajo in AZ, NM and UT) and a remote reservation in the Grand Canyon that is accessible only by helicopter or hiking an eight mile dirt trail
DNA is one of the nation’s most geographically and jurisdictionally diverse legal aid programs. Our attorneys and tribal court advocates practice law in eleven unique legal jurisdictions, specializing in tribal and federal Indian law, civil law and poverty law.
DNA’s services help people achieve economic stability by addressing legal needs that disproportionately and unfairly impact people who live in poverty ~ commonly called poverty law. We focus on family, housing, consumer, education, employment, public benefits, health, individual rights and youth issues, helping people access relevant justice systems to:
- Address discrimination
- Secure legal protection for victims of abuse, assault, neglect, exploitation and fraud
- Stabilize lives to better cope with the unpredictable burdens of poverty
- Protect critical assets ~ housing, cars, income, benefits, healthcare ~ to ensure economic stability and independence
- Become economically self-sufficient to avoid becoming trapped in a cycle of poverty