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Resource Directory: Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake, Superior Chippewa Indians

Tribal Office Address:

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians PO Box 39, Watersmeet, MI 49969, 906-358-0330

Tribal Organization:

  • IRA government formed 1988 pursuant to Pub L.
  • Constitution enacted 1992
  • Number of Council members — 9
  • Tribal Council term of office — 2 years
  • Number of Tribal members — 874

Judicial Organization:

Chief Judge and two associate judges by contract are appointed by Triabl Council for terms of six years. Appellate Court is composed of other judges by contract.

Current Personnel:

  • Chief Judge: Nicholas Tselepis
  • Associate Judges: Don Atanasoff; Martin Lipske
  • Ct Clerk/Admnr/Mag.: Howard Caron
  • Tribal Prosecutor: Zachary Dalton
  • Tribal Community Attorney: Karrie Wichtman
  • Probation Officer: Don Nordstrom
  • Receptionist/Secretary: Kimberly Sepdowski

Territorial Jurisdiction:

Tribal lands

Number of Cases Handled During 2019:

  • Child and family — 11
  • Civil — 49
  • Criminal — 40
  • Juvenile — 7

Requirements for Practicing Before Tribal Court:

Tribal Court Rule 1.500

Court Facilities:

Courtroom housed with Education Center.

Intergovernmental Agreements:

Adoption of Court Rule 10.000 — Enforcement of Foreign Court Judgments.

Laws and Procedures:

  • Tribal Constitution
  • Business Entity Ordinance
  • Children’s Code
  • Consolidated Conservation
  • Criminal Code
  • Rules of the Court
  • Conservation Code
  • Business Corporation Code
  • Domestic Violence Code
  • Election Ordinance
  • Enrollment Ordiance
  • Fireworks Ordinance
  • Housing Code
  • Gaming Code
  • Gaming Ordinance
  • Judicial Ordinance
  • Landlord and Tenant Code
  • Legislative Procedure Code
  • Liquor Control Ordinance
  • Mental Health Code
  • Off Reservation Code
  • Traffic Code
  • Utility Ordinance
  • Vehicle Code