Tribal Judicial System
The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Court is here to serve the needs of our Tolowa Community by serving all of the members of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
110 First Street, Suite B
Smith River, CA 95567
Honorable Richard Blake – Presiding Judge
The Court under presiding Judge Richard Blake is unbiased and independent. Judge Blake is from the Hoopa Tribe and is culturally sensitive, basing his rulings on Tribal laws, ordinances and historical precedence.
Devon White – Tribal Court Administrator
Elsie Petrie – Tribal Court Clerk
Tribal Empowerment Through Effective Administration of Equal Justice For All.
Having an effective judicial system is a critical component of Tribal sovereignty. This Court works hard to enhance Tribal sovereignty through the development of culturally appropriate laws and by exercising Tribal jurisdiction.
The Court hears cases on a wide variety of topics including cases involving child welfare and guardianship’s. Dispute resolution in the Tribal Court is culturally appropriate, informal, and as non-adversarial as possible.
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