Tribal Court

You can break the cycle

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978, in an attempt to preserve Indian tribes' most vital resource: its children. It has been said over the years that one of the greatest failings which prevents the Act from realizing its potential is the lack of tribal homes in which children who need protection can be placed. We realize that the lack of tribal homes must be addressed by active and on-going recruitment. It takes not one person to raise a child, but a community.  When one child is removed it effects the community, as a whole. Please watch this video to see the impact that removal can do to not only a family, but a people. Then ask yourself, “What can I do to break the cycle?”

Tribal Court

58620 Sink Rd., P.O. Box 355, Dowagiac, MI 49047
Ph: (269)783-0505   Fax: (269)783-0519

Regular Business Hours
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday, except tribal holidays

The Court is currently staffed by the Court Administrator, Clerk of the Courts and Court Clerk. Because of demands of hearings, meetings, training needs, and other scheduled conflicts, please call ahead to make sure Court staff is available to meet your needs.

Schedule of Court Fees:

Schedule of Court Fees (Revised 05-21-2013)

Requirements for Practicing Before Tribal Court : The Tribal Court allows attorneys, who are admitted to practice in any state and who are in good standing, to practice before the Tribal Court. Each applicant for admission must complete an Admission to Practice (Revised 04-26-2013)Oath of Admission and must be duly admitted to practice.  Admission to practice befire the Tribal Court is deemed admission to practice before the Appellate Court.

Court Holidays

The Court will be closed on the following holidays in 2014:

  • Monday, September 1 - Labor Day
  • Monday, September 22 - Sovereignty Day
  • Tuesday, November 11 - Veteran’s Day
  • Thursday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, November 28- day after Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
  • Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, December 31 - New Year’s Eve
  • Thursday, January 1, 2015 – New Year’s Day