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Do you know if it is possible to file a Mechanic's Lien on a property owned by a Band of Mission Indians?

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We are an equipment rental company who rented construction equipment to a company who was working for a Band of Mission Indians. We have stopped receiving payments. The property where the work was being done was a former Air Force Base that was purchased by a Band of Indians.

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Feb 26, 2019
That's a good question, and unfortunately, there can be a lot of uncertainty as to what rights may apply to property owned by Native American tribes. Generally, it's safe to assume that land owned by Native American groups will not be subject to the mechanics lien laws of the state the land lies in. However, depending on how the land is acquired and whether the land is in trust, there may be some situations where mechanics lien rights might apply. For more information about the intersection of mechanics lien laws and Native American land, this resource should be helpful: Do Lien Rights Exist on Native American Land?
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