Absolutely it would be discharged in your Chapter 7, however, keep in mind that unfortunately these payday lending companies often operate "outside the law" and may engage aggressive collectors who will tell you that the debt wasn't discharged and that you still owe it or other similar tactics, including threats and harassment.
A lot of these payday loan companies utilize illegal tactics in their collection attempts. It might also be beneficial for you to contact an appropriate consume protection type of state agency, as a lot of states are going after these types of payday loan companies.
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The development of "tribal" claims of exemption from virtually all lending law is very troubling and the efforts to address this problem have met with mixed results. I am familiar with "tribal" claims that they are not required to follow federal lending laws like the Truth in Lending Act (disclaiming that they comply only voluntarily and are not required to comply). To date, I have not yet heard of a "tribal" claim that they are not bound by federal bankruptcy law.
However, I have found that most of the "tribal" loans are sent to collection agencies that are clearly bound by the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Any abusive collection activity would give you a case against the collector.
As far as the bankruptcy goes, of course you should include the "tribal" loan in the bankruptcy. It will then be up to the "tribal" claimant to step forward and challenge its inclusion. If this "tribal" loan (or the collection activity about it) is the major reason for your filing bankruptcy, I would consider speaking with an experienced FDCPA attorney before resorting to bankruptcy. It is often possible to deal with the collection harassment without filing bankruptcy.
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Well said Kris!
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Yes you may include the loan in your bankruptcy filing. The Native American loan company is part of a "sovereign nation" and if there is a dispute over the terms of the loan or the payoff, your contract likely stipulated that the forum for the dispute is in their home state, or before an Indian counsel. If you are considering bankruptcy, you should absolutely attempt to rid yourself of this extremely onerous loan. Many others have complained about their practices. You should seek the advice of your bankruptcy attorney.