tribal government

FDL Tribal Court

Welcome to the Fond du Lac Tribal Court website. In May 1992, the RBC enacted Ordinance #04/92, establishing “a forum and civil procedure for the hearing and redress of grievances and disputes” involving the Band or “persons within the civil jurisdiction” of the Band. This Ordinance created the Fond du Lac Tribal Court in its current form. The Court exercises jurisdiction over certain individuals and also entities doing business with the Band or engaging in certain activities on the Reservation, as well as persons who consent to the Tribal Court’s jurisdiction. The Court exercises only civil jurisdiction at this time. The Court does not hear criminal matters and does not have jurisdiction to hear child welfare cases.

The Court hears conservation, animal control and traffic matters on the first Monday of each month, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Juvenile Code violations are held on the same day, beginning at 3:30 p.m. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, the monthly hearing is automatically moved to the following Monday. The Court schedules its civil docket matters on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday each month, following the first Monday. In some instances, procedural or motion hearings are scheduled by telephone throughout the month, as needed.

Civil Code and Rules of Civil Procedure

Garnishment Procedures

Full Faith and Credit (Civil Code, section 203)


Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chief Judge
Honorable Suzanne Ojibway Townsend
   
Contact
(218) 878-7151 Phone
(218) 878-7169 Fax
Court Clerk
Kristi Wheale
   
Mailing Address
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Physical Address
Resource Management & Tribal Court Building
28 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720

During inclement weather, please call 218-878-3838 to determine if the Tribal Court is closed or has a delay in opening. If the Tribal Center is closed or has a delayed opening due to inclement weather, the Tribal Court will also be closed. If this occurs, all cases on the calendar for the day will be rescheduled and notices will be sent.