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Resource Directory: Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians

(Gun Lake Tribe)

Tribal Heritage:

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) is part of the historic Three Fires Confederacy, an alliance of the Pottawatomi (Bodewadmi), Ottawa (Odawa), and Chippewa (Ojibwe). Tribal Nations in the Great Lakes region are also known as the Neshnibek, or original people.

Tribal Court Address:

2873 Mno Bmadzewen Dr

Shelbyville, MI 49344

Phone: 269-397-1630 Fax: 269-397-1631

Gun Lake Tribe website (links to new window)

Tribal Organization:

  • Federal Recognition on August 23, 1999
  • Constitution Adopted in 2000
  • Number of Council Members — 7: These popularly elected candidates will have authority over all affairs of the tribe and its subsidiaries.

Judicial Organization:

The Tribal Judiciary is a separate independent branch of tribal government. The Tribal Court consists of one chief judge, three Supreme Court justices, and one prosecutor. These positions are to be elected by the Tribal Council and shall serve for a pre-determined term.

Tribal Court Personnel:

  • Chief Judge: Michael Petoskey
  • Supreme Ct. Justice: Matthew L.M. Fletcher
  • Supreme Ct. Justice: Eldena Bear Don’t Walk
  • Supreme Ct. Justice: Andrew Adams III
  • Court Administrator: Amanda L. Sprague Mansfield (P73620)
  • Court Clerk: Callie L. Weick
  • Court Clerk: Ryan M. TenBrink

Territorial Jurisdiction:

The Tribal Court has authority over general jurisdictional matters and actions that arise under the Tribal Constitution and laws of the Band. The Tribal Court exercises both criminal and civil jurisdiction over various parcels of land throughout West Michigan that are held in trust by the United States government. In addition, the Tribal Court exercises jurisdiction over Indian Child Welfare matters throughout its five-county service area, which includes Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo, Kent, and Ottawa counties.

Requirements for Practicing Before Tribal Court:

The Tribal Court admits attorneys who are licensed to practice in any state and who are said to be in good standing. All applicants for admission must complete an Application and Affidavit for Admission to Practice (PDF) (links to new window), an Affidavit and Oath of Admission (PDF) (links to new window), and must be duly admitted to practice before Tribal Court. The application fee of $75 is made payable to the Gun Lake Tribal Court.

Intergovernmental Agreements:

State of Michigan tax agreement and amendments Cross-deputization agreements of law enforcement within the five-county service areas: Allegan, Barry, Kalamazoo, Kent, and Ottawa counties.

Laws and Procedures of the Court:

Tribal Court Rules

  • Court Rules of Ethics for Tribal Court Personnel
  • Court Rules of Judicial Conduct
  • Court Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys
  • Court Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Court Rules for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Court Actions, Warrants and Subpoenas
  • Court Rules of Evidence

Tribal Court Ordinances

  • Judicial Ordinance
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Ordinance
  • Child Protection and General Welfare Ordinance
  • Civil Infractions Ordinance
  • Criminal Procedures Ordinance
  • Juvenile Justice Ordinance
  • Full Faith and Credit Ordinance for Personal Protection Orders
  • Additionally, copies of the laws, court rules, administrative orders, and opinions of the court are posted and available on the Gun Lake Tribe website (links to new window), Departments, Tribal Justice, and Tribal Court.