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Resource Directory: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Tribal Court Address:

Nottawseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Court

2221 1 ½ Mile Road

Fulton, MI 49052

Phone: 269-704-8404 FAX: 269-729-4826

Tribal Organization:

  • Federal Recognition: December 19, 1995
  • Constitution Adopted: September 24, 1979; Last Amended April 27, 2019
  • Number of Council Members: 5
  • Tribal Council Term of Office: 4 years; staggered terms
  • Number of Tribal Members: 1,594

Judicial Organization:

The Tribal Court is a separate, independent branch of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band Tribal Government, as established in Article 11 of the Tribal Constitution. The Tribal Judiciary as set forth in Article 11 consists of a chief judge and associate judge of the Tribal Court and a Tribal Supreme Court with one chief justice, two associate justices, and a pro tempore associate justice.

Judicial Appointments:

  • Tribal Court:
  • Chief Judge: Melissa L. Pope (P55328)
  • Associate Judge: David M. Peterson (P18834)
  • Supreme Court:
  • Chief Justice: Gregory Smith (TN attorney)
  • Associate Justices: Matthew L.M. Fletcher (P61593)
  • Holly T. Bird (P68122)
  • Pro Tem: Leander Bergen

Court Staff:

  • Tribal Ct Admnr: Holly L. Curtis
  • Assistant Tribal Ct Admnr: Dawn Mack
  • Ct Clerk: Eric McClure
  • Probation Officer: April Shepard
  • DV Victim Advocate: Patti McClure
  • Victim Services Asst: Alyssa Smith

Jurisdiction:

The Tribal Court is a court of general jurisdiction having authority over actions arising under the Tribal Constitution and under the laws, ordinances, and codes of the tribe. The tribe exercises criminal and civil jurisdiction over 199 acres held in trust for the tribe by the United States. There are 120 acres at the Pine Creek Reservation, which includes tribal housing and administrative offices. In addition, the casino site consists of 79 acres.

Requirements for Practicing Before Tribal Court:

Attorneys licensed in any state and in good standing may practice by submitting an Application for Admission, Oath of Admission, and Admission to practice fee. Admission to practice includes the Tribal Court and the Supreme Court. The applicable forms can be found on the Tribal Court website on the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi website (links to new window).

Intergovernmental Agreements:

A. “Statutory Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Ordinance” adopted November 6, 2007. The ordinance provides for the recognition and enforcement of foreign orders and judgments from the state of Michigan and other jurisdictions that provide reciprocity to the Tribal Court. To implement this ordinance, the Tribal Court adopted: Court Rules for Recognition of Foreign Court Actions, Warrants and Subpoenas, as Chapter 8, on September 30, 2008, most recent amendment July 9, 2010.

B. “Amended and Restated Agreement for Firefighting, First Responder Rescue Services and Law Enforcement Services” adopted October 16, 2008. This agreement allows for Emmett Township in Calhoun County to provide emergency services to the tribe’s casino property. It was supplemented on August 13, 2009 by “Authorizing Execution of Cross-Deputization Agreement with Charter Township of Emmett” authorizing Tribal police to have cross-deputization police powers conferred upon Emmett Township public safety department officers under the laws of the state of Michigan and the ordinances of Emmett Township.

Laws and Procedures:

Index of Court Rules:

  • Chapter 1, Court Rules of Procedures for the Adoption of Tribal Court Rules
  • Chapter 2, Court Rules of Judicial Conduct
  • Chapter 3, Court Rules of Ethics for Tribal Court Personnel
  • Chapter 4, Court Rules for Professional Responsibility
  • Chapter 5, Court Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Chapter 6, Court Rules for Small Claims
  • Chapter 7, Court Rules of Evidence
  • Chapter 8, Court Rules for the Recognition of Foreign Judgments and Enforcement of Foreign Court Actions, Warrants and Supoenas
  • Chapter 9, Court Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Chapter 10, Court Rules for Restraining Orders
  • Chapter 11, Court Rules of Jury Procedure
  • Chapter 12, Court Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Chapter 13, Court Rules for Juvenile Justice Code Proceedings
  • Chapter 14, Court Rules for Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings
  • Chapter 15, Court Rules for Domestic Violence Proceedings
  • Chapter 16, Reserved
  • Chapter 17, Court Rules for Contempt of Court Proceedings
  • Chapter 18, Court Rules for Exclusion Code Proceedings
  • Chapter 19, Court Rules for Rental Housing Code Judicial Eviction Proceedings