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Resource Directory: Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Operations Address:

7500 Soaring Eagle Blvd

Mt. Pleasant, 48858


Court Address:

6954 E Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, 48858, 989-775-4800

Tribal Organization:

  • IRA government formed 1937
  • Constitution enacted 1937; amended 1986
  • Number of Council members — 12
  • Tribal Council term of office — 2 years
  • Number of Tribal members —
  • 1,628 within reservation boundaries
  • 1,362 outside reservation boundaries
  • 2,990 Total

Judicial Organization:

The Tribal Council appoints one chief judge, one senior judge, one magistrate, and one prosecutor. A three-person panel makes up the appellate court.

Current Personnel:

  • Chief Judge: Patrick M. Shannon
  • Sr. Judge: Prentiss M. Brown
  • Magistrate: Carol S. Jackson
  • Business Manager: Amy Shawboose
  • Deputy Court Clerks: Kelly Smith
  • Allen Goodwin
  • Rachel Saboo
  • Jordan Bird
  • Deputy/Appellant: Luann Louch
  • Probation Officers: Joelle Peters
  • Vacant
  • Prosecutor: Kevin Hesselink
  • Prosecutor’s Assistant: Dana Johansen
  • Victim’s Advocates: Catherine Mandoka
  • Vacant
  • Appellate Judges: Andrew Pyatskowit
  • Greg Paulson Carolyn Abeita

Territorial Jurisdiction:

The Tribal Court exercises jurisdiction over its reservation lands encompassing 138,240 acres in Isabella County and 110 acres in Arenac County, MI.

Requirements for Practicing Before Court:

Attorneys in good standing of the Bar of any state or federal court are eligible to practice before the Tribal Court upon demonstrating a familiarity with the Tribal Code.

Court Facilities:

The Public Safety Bldg was opened in 1996 and includes a courtroom, jury deliberations room, magistrate’s hearing room, probation department, prosecutor’s department, general court offices, law library, and staff offices.

Intergovernmental Agreements:

All Tribal police officers are cross-deputized by the Isabella County sheriff, MI State Police, and Mt. Pleasant City Police. Adoption of Chapter 4.2 and section 4.102 — Full Faith and Credit.

Laws and Procedures:

  • Tribal Constitution Court Rules & Regulations
  • Tribal Codes & Ordinances Children’s Code
  • Evidence Code Civil Code
  • Gaming Code Criminal Code
  • Judgment & Execution Code Probate Code
  • Land Use and Other Codes