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Chief Justice - Michelle Demmert

The duties of the Chief Justice for the Tribal Court are to oversee the administration of the Court system, to preside over Appellate cases, to work with the Associate Judges and the Judiciary Committee in strengthening and expanding the Tribal Justice System and to work collaboratively with the Tribal administration and Executive Committee.

Justice Demmert's Tlingit name is Jaagal Aat. She is Ch'aak' (Eagle) from the Kaax'oos.hittaan (Man's Foot) clan and the child of the Taakw.aaneidi. Her parent are Sharon and the late Lawrence Demmert Sr. of Klawock, Alaska. She is married to Grant Fletcher and have four children (Austin, Olivia, Matthew, and Marcus) and three grandchildren (Jordan, Zoey, and Fiona). She grew up spending the school year in Bellingham, Washington and all of her summers on Prince of Wales Island (she considers Craig and Klawock her home). She commercial fished - purse seine, longline, and herring pound - with her family from the age of 13 and continued through law school. Her and her husband have a small tender busines that they operate in Southeast Alaska during the summers.

Justice Demmert graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a degree in Psychology and in 1993 with her Juris Doctorate.

Professional Highlights:

  • Licensed Attorney Since 1993
  • Tribal Court Judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System
    • Presiding Judge at Chehalis Tribe
    • Associate Judge at Swinomish, Nooksack, Sauk-Suiattle, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, Muckleshoot, Port Gamble S'Klallam, and Jamestow S'Klallam
    • Appellate Justice Hoopa Valley, Skokomish, Puyallup, Chehalis, and Klamath
    • Chief Judge, Administrator
  • Reservation Attorney for the Tulalip Tribes
    • Drafted and amended tribal codes on domestic violence, family and youth, utilities, housing, and other governmental areas.
    • Prepare comments, consultation testimony, proposed legislation for federal and state matters of tribal interest.
    • Point of contact representing Tulalip Tribes for federal workgroups on domestic violence and access to national criminal databases.