The Tribal Court is established by Articles VII, XI of the Tribe’s Constitution as a
separate branch of government. Its purpose is to exercise the Tribe’s inherent sovereignty and provide a user-friendly, culturally-appropriate forum for tribal citizens to address their justice needs. These judicial services are guided by the traditional values of respect, patience, and the essential responsibility to safeguard the future of the Tribe by promoting healthy tribal families.
The Tribal Court resolves matters by taking evidence and rendering both written and oral decisions. Each final decision of the trial courts comes with the right of appeal to the Supreme Court.
Beyond dispute resolution and adjudication, the Tribal Court provides outreach regarding tribal justice issues to the Alaska Tribal Judges Association, other individual tribes seeking assistance in building their tribal courts, as well as the United States of America and State of Alaska on a government-to-government basis.
The Tribal Court has subject matter jurisdiction over a large range of civil and criminal issues including adoptions, child custody, child support, divorce, domestic violence, guardianships, marriage, and paternity.
- Central Council Tlingit and Haida Governing Documents
- Indian Tribal Justice Act, 25 USC 3601 Seq.
- Indian Civil Rights Act 25 USC 1301 et. Seq.
- Tribal Law and Order Act
- P.L. 280
- Violence Against Women Act
- Tribal Legal Bar Review & Certification
- Tanana Chiefs Tribal Court Website
* Due to accepted Canons of Judicial Conduct and ethical rules surrounding the practice of law, Tribal Court staff are not authorized to provide personal legal advice. Legal problems may be eligible to be heard by the Tribal Court; contact the Tribal Court Clerk for assistance with forms and filing.
For more information, please contact the Tribal Court:
Toll Free: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7165 | Local: 907.463.7165 | Fax: 866.532.3558