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.
Article XII Tribal Judiciary
SECTION 1. Judicial Powers and Jurisdiction. The judicial power of the Pokagon Band shall be vested in a tribal court system. The judicial power shall extend to all cases arising under this Constitution, all legislative enactments, codes, statutes, ordinances, regulations, and judicial decisions of the Pokagon Band, may be exercised to the fullest extent consistent with self-determination and the sovereign powers of the Band, and, as exercised, shall govern all persons and entities subject to the Pokagon Band's jurisdiction.
SECTION 2. Judicial Independence. The Tribal Judiciary shall be independent from the legislative and executive functions of the tribal government. No person exercising powers of the executive or legislative branches of the government shall exercise powers properly belonging to the judicial branch.
Stephen Rambeaux, Court Administrator
Mathew Erickson, Assistant Court Administrator
Donna Walls, Court Clerk
Tomika Bomer, Court Clerk
Shelley Kowitz, Community Justice Officer
Jason S. Wesaw, Peacemaking Coordinator
To reach any of these staff members, please send an email to TCT.Court@PokagonBand-nsn.gov. You may address your email to an above person, and they will respond.
58620 Sink Rd.
P.O. Box 355
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Regular Business Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Closed on the following 2023 Holidays:
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 2, 2023
Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16, 2023
Good Friday, April 7, 2023
Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023
Juneteenth, Monday, June 19, 2023
Day before Independence Day, Monday, July 3, 2023
Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2023
Sovereignty Day, Thursday, September 21, 2023
Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Monday, October 9, 2023
Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 10, 2023
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2023
Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24, 2023
Christmas Eve, Friday, December 22, 2023
Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2023
New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 29, 2023
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2024
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 allow 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 Application for Admission to Practice and Oath of Admission, and must be duly admitted to practice. Admission to practice before the Tribal Court is deemed admission to practice before the Appellate Court.