Native American Tribal Courts
There is great variety in Native American Tribal Courts. Approximately 275 of the indigenous American peoples have established formal court systems. The structure varies widely from court to court, with some embracing a Western-style method with written laws and rules of court procedure, and others using more traditional means such as peacemaking, elders' councils and sentencing circles. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is looking to address the wide variety of justice in tribal courts.
The tribal courts rule on civil and criminal violations of tribal ordinance.
- Tahlequah Daily Press, "CN Supreme Court justice resigns," May 16, 2012
- boston.com, "Narragansetts challenge 2012 gambling referendum," September 29, 2011
- Associated Press , "Tribal court of appeals hears 2 cases at UND," September 23, 2011
- virtueonline.org "SEMINOLE NATION, OK: Anglican Bishop Becomes First Chief Justice of the Seminole Nation Supreme Court" Sept. 9, 2011
- 2008 National Directory of Tribal Courts
- United States Department of Justice:Office of Tribal Justice
- Tribal Court Clearinghouse
- National American Indian Court Judges Association
- National Tribal Justice Resource Center
- Northwest Indian Law and Business Advisor Blog
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