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Please note: due to the closure of Picosearch, the search engine that powered our tribal court opinion search page, our database of tribal court opinions is temporarily unavailable. We suggest using VersusLaw for your searchs of tribal court opinions.

Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice - Frank Pommersheim is a web component for the forthcoming book Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice. Below are his opinions by Tribal Court.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Court of Appeals (1988-current)
Crow Creek Sioux Supreme Court (2013-current)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Court of Appeals (1997-current)
Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Court of Appeals (1998-2002)
Lower Sioux Indian Community Court of Appeals (2006-2008)
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Supreme Court (2000-2008)
Rosebud Sioux Tribe Supreme Court (1987-current)
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court of Appeals (1998-2008)
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Is your court interested in joining the VersusLaw Tribal Court Database? VersusLaw offers the most comprehensive database of Tribal Courts, State, and Federal Appellate court decisions available online. Receive free access to VersusLaw Case Law Research in exchange for sending VersusLaw your court's decisions. Please take a moment to read the Top Ten reasons for participation listed below.

  1. Access. Increased access to tribal court opinions allows cases to be argued before the courts based on the case’s merits.
  2. Research precedents. A national database enables your court to research precedents already decided by other tribal courts. Participation with VersusLaw’s Tribal Court Database in turn gives your court unrestricted access to VersusLaw’s U.S. Federal and State appellate court databases.
  3. First of its kind. Currently, there are only a limited number of individual Tribal Court websites, and just a few regional tribal court sites. Our tribal court database is the first-ever, electronic compilation of tribal court opinions on a national level.
  4. Extensive experience. While the Tribal Court Database might be relatively new (March 30, 2000), VersusLaw already has several years of experience with database management.
  5. Individual considerations. VersusLaw will accommodate your tribal court’s needs. VersusLaw is willing to consider any of your court’s concerns when drafting our VersusLaw Publishing Agreement .
  6. Privacy. Concerned about protecting the privacy of parties involved in a particular case? VersusLaw will accept opinions with deletion of party names.
  7. Non-exclusive. The Cooperative Publishing Agreement is a non-exclusive agreement. VersusLaw asserts no claims to the copyright of your opinions.
  8. Limited number of archived opinions? No problem. VersusLaw wants to include tribal courts of all sizes, regardless of the number of opinions you have on record.
  9. New and developing courts. The Tribal Court Database has been an invaluable resource for new and developing courts. It affords courts the opportunity to research other opinions - this also gives new courts the ability to integrate their participation with the Tribal Court Database from the start.
  10. NAICJA. VersusLaw is developing the Tribal Court Database in cooperation with the National American Indian Court Judges Association. VersusLaw also shares opinions with the Tribal Court Clearinghouse.

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New The Northwest Intertribal Court System (NICS) is pleased to announce that it has launched a Powerful Online Database providing attorneys and the public free access to hundreds of tribal court appellate opinions from thirty Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Northern California. NICS will also be reprinting the entire series of its Tribal Court Appellate Opinions (also commonly referred to as NICS' appellate reporters) in a library-quality binding suitable for display and use in courthouses, council chambers, law libraries, and other places where tribal members and tribal officials may seek access to the opinions of their tribe's court of appeals.

The largest collection of printed tribal court opinions is included in the Indian Law Reporter. The Indian Law Reporter is published monthly by the American Indian Lawyer Training Program. The Indian Law Reporter seeks to provide a comprehensive and convenient source of information regarding developments in Indian law. For information concerning the Indian Law Reporter, contact:

American Indian Lawyer Training Program
1025 W. Vine Street ¨ Stockton, CA 95203
Further information, please phone or fax: 209.460.0924 (phone) 209.460.0934 (fax)

There are a series of bound Navajo Nation legal resources available from T & B Publishing. These resources include the Navajo Nation Practice Book (Third Edition), Navajo Appellate Reports, Navajo Trial Reports, Navajo Law Digest, and Navajo Administrative Decisions. For more information, contact:

T & B Publishing
P.O. Box 1707
Window Rock, Navajo Nation (AZ) 86515
(505) 264-7055

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