Tribal Court Cases of Note pre-2016

Christman v. Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
13 Am. Tribal Law 8
Nos. C–14–094, C–14–097, C–14–098.
Tribal Court of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community.
Sept. 1, 2015.

*Synopsis: Members filed appeal of decision by Enrollment Committee to remove members from membership.

*Holdings: The Tribal Court of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, David D. Shaw, C.J., held that:
1) removal of members was to correct error at the time of enrollment, rather than disenrollment action;
2) decision to remove members from tribal membership to correct error at the time of enrollment was not arbitrary and capricious; and
3) members' due process rights were not violated during procedure to remove them from tribal membership.
Petition denied.

Related Law Review article: Christman v. Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde: A chapter in the disenrollment epidemic
Author: Minke, Tabitha
Source: 41 Am. Indian L. Rev. 201 (2016)

Father J. v. Mother A.
2015 WL 5936866 (Mash. Pequot Tribal Ct.)
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court.
August 21, 2015.

*Synopsis: Father brought custody action, seeking joint legal custody with primary physical custody with him, with reasonable access and visitation to mother, and mother subsequently filed custody proceeding in state court.

*Holdings: Following hearing on jurisdiction, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court, Thomas J. Londregan, J., held that:
1) tribal court had jurisdiction over custody proceeding, and
2) tribal court would not defer to Connecticut's jurisdiction.
Ordered accordingly.

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