Protecting Tribal Sovereignty
Today Tribes are in a period of rapidly changing political times and economic growth. Tribal Councils are being called upon to do more than ever. While they have essentially served in part as quasi-judicial bodies, growth and pursuit of equality demand they enhance both the rights of the People within Indian Country and provide them with an unbiased and independent method of dispute resolution. Therefore, tribal leaders created another branch of government that could assist, preserve, and protect their sovereignty.
Under the Inter-Tribal Governing Agreement, the Tribes established the Tribal Judicial Council of Southern California that oversees the administration of the Court. Under the governing agreement, independently elected Judicial Council members are appointed from each Tribe’s Tribal Council. The Judicial Council’s responsibilities include interviewing & hiring judges, reviewing budgets, hiring key staff, entering into agreements, ensuring the Court is properly funded, and policy review.
For more information on the Intertribal Court of Southern California, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or at (760) 751-4142.