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Resource Directory: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

TRIBAL OFFICE ADDRESS:

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

16429 Bear Town Rd

Baraga, MI 49908

906-353-7031

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Court

(906) 353-8124

Mailing – 16429 Bear Town Rd, Baraga 49908

Physical – 472 N Superior Ave, Baraga 49908

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Appellate Court

(906) 353-4561

Mailing – 16429 Bear Town Rd, Baraga 49908

Physical – 472 N Superior Ave, Baraga 49908

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Office of Child Support Services

(906) 353-4566

Mailing – PO Box 490, Baraga 49908

Physical – 472 N Superior Ave, Baraga 49908

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Police Dept

(906) 353-6626

Mailing – 16429 Bear Town Rd, Baraga 49908

Physical – 202 US 41, Baraga, MI 49908

Tribal Organization:

  • IRA government formed: 1936
  • Constitution enacted November 7, 1936
  • Number of Council members: 12
  • Tribal Council term of office — 3 years
  • Number of Tribal members — 3,579

Judicial Organization:

Trial Court elected by tribal membership. Appellate Court (separate appellate court).

Current Personnel:

  • Chief Judge: William W. Jondreau, Sr.
  • Associate Judge: Violet M. Friisvall Ayres
  • Appellate Judges: James Bittorf; Heather Chapman; Chad DePetro
  • Chief Court Clerk: Lauri J. Denomie
  • Deputy Court Clerk: Emily J. Evans
  • Probation Officer/JV Probation Officer: Meghan Maki
  • Healing To Wellness Court Coordinator: Carrie Paquette
  • Office of Child Support
  • Director: Vacant
  • Office of Child Support
  • Specialist: Vacant
  • Office of Child Support
  • Outreach Coordinator: Raistlin Awonohopay
  • Transport/Bailiff/Ct Officer: Steven C. Denomie
  • Tribal Atty/Tribal Prosecutor: Kevin Carlisle
  • Assistant Tribal Prosecutor: Ashley Ball
  • Assistant Tribal Attorney: JLyn Jorgenson
  • VOCA/Victim’s Advocate: Wanda Seppanen
  • Survivor Advocate Worker: Carisa LaFernier
  • Ct Advocate/Defense Atty: Evan Dixon
  • Special Appoint
  • Public Defender: Laura Grover
  • Guardian Ad Litem: Joseph O’Leary
  • Guardian Ad Litem: Glenn Sarka

Territorial Jurisdiction:

1854 Treaty reservation boundaries encompassing 51,000 acres in Baraga County, MI and Marquette, MI.

Number of Cases Handled During 2020:

  • Criminal — 164
  • Juveniles — 7
  • Civil — 43
  • Appeals — 2
  • Child and Families — 23

Requirements for Practicing Before Tribal Court:

Must be a member of the KBIC Advocacy Association

Court Facilities:

Courtroom, Clerk’s Office, Judge’s Chambers, Law Library, Probation Office, Healing To Wellness Coordinator Office, and Office of Child Support Office.

Intergovernmental Agreements:

Cross-deputization with Marquette County Sheriff Department.

Adoption of Section 9.104 — Full Faith and Credit; Chapter 2.4, including sections 2.402 and 2.403.

Laws and Procedures: Comprehensive set of civil and criminal substantive and procedural codes.