The mission of the Tribal Judiciary is to provide fully functioning judicial forums for all matters heard by the courts of the Tribe built upon Tribal laws, values, culture and traditions which provide fairness and due process in resolving conflicts and disputes within its jurisdiction. In accomplishing the mission, the courts of the Tribe shall exercise judicial authority consistent with the sovereign powers of the Pokagon Band and to provide for operation as a branch of government consistent with the principles of separation of powers.
Native Justice is something we are bringing back. Learn about it by watching the film below or reading more here.
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?"
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 (listed below)
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.
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.
The Court will be closed on the following holidays in 2016:
- Friday, March 25 - Good Friday
- Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day
- Monday, July 4 - Independence Day
- Monday, September 5 - Labor Day
- Wednesday, September 21 - Sovereignty Day
- Friday, November 11 - Veteran's Day
- Thursday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, November 25 - day after Thanksgiving
- Friday, December 23 - Christmas Eve (observed)
- Monday, December 26 - Christmas Day (observed)
- Friday, December 30 - New Year's Eve (observed)