Tribal Court

For matters involving the NHBP Tribal Court please contact us Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please note that the NHBP Tribal Court is closed on most holidays.

          2221 1 1/2 Mile Road
          Fulton, MI 49052
          P: 269.729.5151
          F: 269.729.4826

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Court is to fully implement the delegation of Constitutional judicial authority from the people of the Tribe consistent with self-determination, the sovereign powers of the Nation, traditional values, fairness and justice.

Goals:

  • To develop a judicial system which meets the judicial needs of both the tribal community and its government.
  • To provide a forum for the resolution of all disputes under tribal law arising in law and equity.
  • To provide due process and equal protection to all persons.
  • To promote Tribal self-government, community development and the human potential of all persons.
  • To develop judicial institutions and judicial tools which reflect the Band’s culture, traditions and values.

Requirements for Practicing Before Tribal Courts:

Every attorney who proposes to practice before the Courts of the Tribe must be duly admitted. Any attorney, who is admitted to practice in any state and who is in good standing, is eligible for admission. Each applicant for admission must complete an Application for Admission, Oath of Admission, and pay the Admission to Practice Fee.

Application for Admission to Practice

Oath of Admission

Schedule of Court Fees:

Schedule of Court Fees

Court Forms:

Summons

Foreign Court Order Affidavit

Certification of Records of Foreign Court Form

Petition for Order of Garnishment

Fee Waiver Affidavit for Emergency Restraining Orders

Order for Fee Waiver for Emergency Restraining Orders

Fee Waiver Affidavit for Civil Matters

Order for Fee Waiver in Civil Matters

NHBP Supreme Court:

Chief Justice John Wabaunsee
Appointed December 16, 2010-December 31, 2016

Associate Justice Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Appointed December 16, 2010-December 31, 2014.

Associate Justice Holly K. Thompson
Appointed December 16, 2010-December 31, 2012 and reappointed on December 20, 2012-December 31, 2018.

NHBP Court Rules:

Pursuant to Administrative Order 08-001CJ referenced below, the Tribal Court has adopted the State of Michigan Court Rules for Practice, Procedure and Evidence until such time as the Tribal Court adopts its own Rules for Practice, Procedure and Evidence.

 

Chapter 1 Procedures for the Adoption of Court Rules
Adopted on February 25, 2008

Chapter 2 Court Rules of Judicial Conduct
Adopted on August 20, 2008

Chapter 3 Court Rules of Ethic for Tribal Court Personnel
Adopted on July 22, 2008

Chapter 4 Court Rules of Professional Conduct
Adopted on June 23, 2009

Chapter 5 Court Rules of Civil Procedure
Adopted on August 1, 2012

Chapter 6 Court Rules for Small Claims
Adopted on September 2, 2009

Chapter 7 Court Rules of Evidence
Adopted on July 29, 2009

Chapter 8 Court Rules for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Court Actions, Warrants, and Subpoenas
Adopted on September 30, 2008

Chapter 9 Court Rules of Appellate Procedure
Adopted on November 11, 2010

Chapter 10 Court Rules for Restraining Orders 
Amended April 14, 2014

Chapter 11 Court Rules of Jury Procedure
Adopted January 5, 2012

Chapter 12 Court Rules of Criminal Procedure
Adopted on August 1, 2012

Chapter 14 Court Rules for Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings

Adopted August 18, 2014

NHBP Tribal Court Opinions:

07-002-CV: Joseph R. Capitano v. NHBP Tribal Council
Decision on Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss

09-009-CV: CES Enterprises, LLC & Chad Stuck v. FireKeepers Development Authority
Decision on Respondent’s Motion to Dissolve Temporary Restraining Order and to Dismiss Underlying Action

11-228-TRO: Nathaniel Spurr v. NHBP Tribal Council
Opinion and Order

11-TRO: Nathaniel Spurr, et al. v. NHBP Council, Plante Moran, & NHBP Election Board
Opinion Regarding Plaintiff Request for Temporary Restraining Order and Permanent Injunction against the Tribal Council, Plant Moran LLP and the Tribal Election Board

12-24-CS/PC; 12-143-CS/PC; 12-144-CS/PC; 12-145-CS/PC; 12-146-CS/PC: Kent County FOC v. Darrel Day
Opinion and Order

13-043-CV Terry Chivis v. NHBP Tribal Council and Homer A. Mandoka
Opinion and Order

13-052-ECPP: In Re J
Opinion and Order

13-078-CV/TRO; 13-079-CV/TRO: Dean & Terry TenBrink v. NHBP Tribal Council & Election Board
Order Regarding Status

13-123GM In Re K
Opinion after Order

13-080-CV/TRO; 13-078-CV/TRO; 13-079-CV/TRO: Rob Larson, Dean & Terry TenBrink v. NHBP Tribal Council & Election Board
Opinion and Order March 19, 2013

13-080-CV/TRO; 13-078-CV/TRO; 13-079-CV/TRO: Rob Larson, Dean & Terry TenBrink v. NHBP Tribal Council & Election Board
Opinion and Order April 23, 2013

12-068CV: Russell Chivis et al v. NHBP Tribal Council

13-043-CV: Terry Chivis v. NHBP Tribal Council and Homer A. Mandoka Order of Dismissal

13-078CV/TRO; 13-079CV/TRO: Dean and Terry TenBrink v. NHBP Tribal Council & Election Board

Opinion and Order After Remand

NHBP Supreme Court Opinions:

12-005-APP: Nathaniel Spurr, et al. v. NHBP Tribal Council, Plante Moran LLP & NHBP Election Board
Opinion after Supreme Court Hearing

12-005-APP: Nathaniel Spurr, et al. v. NHBP Tribal Council, Plante Moran LLP & NHBP Election Board
Order after Supreme Court Hearing

12-192-CR: Russell Chivis, et al. v. NHBP Tribal Council
Opinion and Order

13-078-CV/TRO; 13-079-CV/TRO: Dean & Terry TenBrink v. NHBP Tribal Council & Election Board
Appeal of Decision for the Tribal Election Board Opinion and Order

 

13-219APP: Terry Chivis v. NHBP Tribal Council and Homer A. Mandoka
Opinion and Order

Hon. Melissa L. Pope

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Staff

  • Hon. Melissa L. Pope

    Hon. Melissa L. Pope

    Chief Judge

    269.729.5151

  • Dawn Mack

    Dawn Mack

    Assistant Tribal Court Administrator

    dmack@nhbpi.com

    269-704-8394

  • Frederick Jacko, Sr.

    Frederick Jacko, Sr.

    Peace Keeping Program Coordinator

    fjjacko@nhbpi.com

    269-704-8396

  • Fred Jacko

    Fred Jacko

    Tribal Court Administrator

    fjacko@nhbpi.com

    269.704.8395