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Redefining Criminal Defense

for tribal members in Northern Minnesota

Welcome to Regional Native Public Defense Corporation, a Native-led non-profit organization dedicated to helping members of federally recognized tribes navigate the criminal justice system.

Justice in the Courtroom and Beyond

At RNPDC, an indigenous worldview of justice guides us in pursuit of full restoration for our Native clients. We seek to not only provide effective criminal defense in the courtroom, but also partner with outside resources to address underlying issues that led to the courtroom.


The issues you are facing run deeper than your particular case and your situation is about more than what happens in court. Our attorneys and staff are frontline advocates for reparative justice. Your assigned advocates review your history, underlying concerns, barriers to success, and current relational difficulties to help you chart a path forward.

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About RNPDC

Regional Native Public Defense Corporation is a Native-led non-profit organization established in 2007 to seek justice and fair treatment for members of federally recognized tribes facing criminal charges. RNPDC was formed through collaboration between the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the White Earth Nation to address the over representation of Native people in Minnesota’s criminal justice system, and the disproportionate rate of Native People are arrested, charged with crimes, and incarcerated.

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Restoration for Our People

We collaborate with a network of partners to create systemic change through impact cases, education services, public outreach, and forming strategic alliances with all components of the criminal justice system.

If you want to be a part of our work through monetary donations or by connecting to provide support in another capacity, we thank you for your assistance. All monetary donations are tax-deductible.

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