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Resource Directory: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Tribal Court Address:

3031 Domres Rd

Manistee, MI 49660

231-398-3406 FAX: 231-398-3404

Tribal Organization:

  • Federal Recognition (Reaffirmed in 1994)
  • Constitution adopted on May 27, 1998, amended August 24, 2016
  • Number of Council Members: 9
  • Term of Office – staggered every 2 or 4 years
  • Number of Tribal Members – approximately 4,000

Judicial Organization:

The Tribal Judiciary is a separate, independent branch of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Judiciary consists of the chief judge, one associate judge, and three appellate justices. Judges are an elected position and serve six-year terms.

Court Personnel:

  • Chief Judge: Daniel Bailey
  • Associate Judge: Angela Sherigan
  • Appellate Judges: Melissa L. Pope; Joseph LaPorte; Berni Carlson
  • Court Administrator: Deborah Miller
  • Court Clerk: Vacant
  • Court Clerk: Laurie Willis
  • Dir. of Peacemaking/ Patrick Wilson
  • Probation Officer

Territorial Jurisdiction:

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court exercises jurisdiction over Indian Child Welfare matters and juvenile justice matters within its nine-county service area. The court adjudicates civil matters that are brought to the court by tribal members or involving tribal members, and criminal cases brought to the court by the Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

Requirements for Practicing Before Tribal Court:

Attorneys licensed to practice in any state and members of the state or federal bar are eligible to practice. The attorney must file an application with the court and be approved by the chief judge.

Court Facilities:

The Tribal Justice Center is occupied by the Department of Public Safety, the Prosecutor’s office, and Peacemaking and Tribal Court.

Intergovernmental Agreements:

Little River Band Tribal Officers are cross-deputized with the Manistee County Sheriff and The Bureau of Indian Affairs. There are Memorandums of Agreement with the Coast Guard and the Federal Forest Service for law enforcement services.

Laws and Procedures:

All ordinances can be found online on the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians website (links to new window).