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.
Serve Tribal Citzens needs by improving the welfare of our community. Enhancing Tribal Sovereignty through development of culturally appropriate laws and exercise of tribal jurisdiction.
Having an efectve judicial system is a critcal component of Tribal sovereignty. This Court works hard to en- hance Tribal sovereignty through the development of culturally appropriate laws and by exercising Tribal ju- risdicton. 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 non-advisarial as possible.
- Creating “bench guides” for child welfare cases
- Developing juvenile wellness court
- Conducting court evaluaton to improve access to justce and see what tribal citzens would like from the court.
- Create Judicial Oversight Commitee (JOC)
- Find a home (building) for the court that is more suitable for the growth and needs of the court.
- Tribal Court Improvement Program
- Juvenile Wellness Court
- Mediaton Program
- Self Help Desk
Additional Information & Resources
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