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Resource Directory: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Tribal Court Office Address:

911 Spring Street

Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-242-1462 FAX: 231-242-1470

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians website (links to new window)

Tribal Organization:

  • Federal Recognition (Reaffirmed September 21, 1994)
  • IRA government formed 1994
  • Constitution adopted September 11, 2005
  • Legislative Branch: 9 Tribal Council Members
  • Executive Branch: Chairperson and Vice Chairperson
  • Number of Tribal members: 4,554

Judicial Organization:

The Tribal Judiciary is a separate independent branch of tribal government. The Tribal Court judge(s) are appointed by the Tribal Council to a four-year term and the Appellate Court judges for six-year terms per tribal constitution.

Current Tribal Court Personnel:

  • Chief Judge: Allie Greenleaf Maldonado
  • Associate Judge: John J. Lemire
  • Appellate Justices: Sean Cahill; William Denemy; Frank Ettawageshik
  • Court Administrator: Matthew W. Lesky
  • Sr. Court Clerk: Cynthia Brouckaert
  • Court Clerk I: Kathy McGraw
  • Probation Officer/Drug Ct Coordinator: Alyssa Harrold
  • Cultural Advisor: Kevin Gasco
  • Female Cultural Advisor: Sunnese Granados
  • Admin Assistant: Joetta Gasco
  • DV Coordinator/Trainer: Stuart Fenton

Requirements for practicing before Tribal Court:

A lawyer as defined in Section 102(3), who desires to practice before this Court shall submit to the Court:

  1. An Application for Admission to Practice (as provided by the Court), accompanied by a Certificate of Good Standing or other appropriate documentation from the State Bar or Supreme Court of the state in which such lawyer is duly licensed to practice law; and further, such application must be signed and dated by the applicant in the presence of a Notary Public;
  2. A Certification that the lawyer shall conform to the Code of Ethics or Code of Professional Responsibility for the state in which the lawyer is currently licensed as he/she performs the duties of a lawyer before this Court;
  3. A sworn Oath of Admission (as provided by the Court), which must be signed and dated by the lawyer applicant in the presence of a Notary Public; and
  4. An application fee for admission of $50.00 as set by the Tribal Judiciary.

Laws and Procedures:

  • Tribal Constitution
  • Waganakising Odawak Tribal Codes
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Court Judgment Court Rules
  • Appellate Procedures Court Rules
  • Jury Selection
  • Court Rules 1 thru 8 including amendments which are located on the Judicial Website (links to new window).