Anishinabe Legal Services

8004221335 
411 1st St NWCass LakeMinnesota   56633
Anishinabe Legal Services, Cass Lake, Minnesota

Serving the Leech Lake, Red Lake, & White Earth Reservations


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Staff

Gregg TrautweinGregg Trautwein is our Financial Administrator. He has been on contract with ALS since 2003 providing accounting services. Gregg is a graduate of Moorhead State University and a Certified Public Accountant. Gregg is also a longtime Administrator for Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota. In his spare time, he participates in Triathlons and plays drums and sings at Hope Lutheran Church. Gregg lives with his wife in Fargo, North Dakota.


Jerome Song Jerome Song is a staff attorney in the Cass Lake Office. Jerome is originally from St. Cloud. He attended Saint Cloud State University for his undergraduate and the University of North Dakota School of Law for his Law Degree where he graduated with Distinction. While in Law School, Jerome was a member of the school's law review and housing and employment law clinic as well as numerous student organizations such as Asian Student Association, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and Environmental Law Society. Prior to joining ALS, Jerome worked with a long time solo practitioner in Minneapolis focusing primarily in the areas of Criminal, Probate, and Bankruptcy law. Jerome is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota as well as the tribal courts of White Earth and Leech Lake. Jerome is also taking online courses in accounting to gain eligibility to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam. During his free time Jerome likes to attend sporting events, watch movies, golf, fish, and work out.


Mary Shequen Smith Mary Shequen Smith has been a paralegal at ALS for over thirty-five years. Mary grew up in Cass County and attended Bemidji State University. Prior to joining ALS, Mary worked at Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota. At ALS, Mary handles primarily cases for elders and with estate planning services. Mary is married and in her spare time enjoys spending time with family, as well as cooking, gardening, and being outside as much as possible. She considers it an honor to be part of this organization and looks forward to working with old and new friends.


Tina Harville Tina Harville Harville is a Paralegal/Non-Attorney Representative in our Cass Lake office. Tina has her A.A. and A.S. and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Bemidji State University. Tina has been with ALS since December 2006. She specializes in Social Security Disability benefits at the application and appellate levels, including Administration hearings. Tina has three children, and her hobbies include music, movies, theatre, enjoying the outdoors, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family.


Chari LaDuke Chari LaDuke is the Administrative Director in our central office in Cass Lake. She was the Valedictorian of her High School class and attended Carleton College. Chari has been employed with ALS since October 2006 and has been licensed as a Red Lake Nation Court Advocate since April of 2008. She is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Born and raised in Northern Minnesota, Chari and her family make their home in Bemidji. In her spare time, she likes to visit family and friends, travel and spend time with her three children.


Jeannie Smith Jeannie Smith is the Office Manager at the Cass Lake office. She is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and was born and raised on the Reservation. She currently resides near Bena with her daughter. Jeannie began working as an Office Assistant for the Leech Lake Dept. of Public Works from 2010 - 2012 after which she resigned to focus on her educational career goals. In the fall of 2012 she enrolled in the Law Enforcement Program through the Leech Lake Tribal College. After having completed a year at the Tribal College, Jeannie decided to return to the work force. In August 2013, she obtained temporary employment with ALS through the Leech Lake Tribal Employment and Training Program. After displaying quality work ethic and utilizing her knowledge and experience in the Administrative field, Jeannie was given full-time permanent status in November 2013.