Native American Tribal Courts

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There is great variety in Native American Tribal Courts. Approximately 275 of the indigenous American peoples have established formal court systems. The structure varies widely from court to court, with some embracing a Western-style method with written laws and rules of court procedure, and others using more traditional means such as peacemaking, elders' councils and sentencing circles.[1] U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is looking to address the wide variety of justice in tribal courts.[2]


The tribal courts rule on civil and criminal violations of tribal ordinance.

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