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The Tribal Justice Center, located on 100 W. Black Kettle Boulevard, in Concho, OK is the permanent home of the Judicial Branch. The Judicial Branch of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes is the system of courts and judges that interpret laws made by the Legislative Branch and enforced by the Executive Branch.

We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and Law and Order Code of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

The Tribes operate under a Constitution ratified and adopted in 2006. The Constitution implements four (4) branches of government to ensure a separation of powers: Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, Tribal Council, and Judicial Branch. The Judicial Branch is comprised of one Supreme Court, and one Trial Court, such other lower courts of special jurisdiction as deemed necessary by the Legislature by law, and other forums of special jurisdiction for traditional dispute resolution as deemed necessary by the Legislature by law. The Courts render final dispositions in all cases properly filed. The Judicial Branch has the power to administer funds appropriated by law for the Judicial Branch.

Each Judge and Justice is selected upon nomination by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Legislature and approval by the Tribal Council, provided that, if the Legislature fails to approve or disapprove a nominee for Judge or Justice within thirty days of nomination by the Governor, then the nominee shall be deemed confirmed by the Legislature, provided, further that, if the Tribal Council fails to approve or disapprove a nominee who has been confirmed by the Legislate, or who has been deemed confirmed by the Legislate, within sixty days of confirmation by the Legislate, then the Judge or Justice shall be deemed approved by the Tribal Council.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Tribal Justice Center, Trial Court, or Supreme Court please contact the Court Administrator Charlotte Wetselline at 405-422-7760 or cwetselline@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Judicial Branch Forms

Appearance and Consent to Guardianship

Application for Citation for Contempt

Application for Admission to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Court

Change of Name Petition

Foreign Judgments

Garnishment Forms

Motion to Modify

Oklahoma General Power of Attorney

Oklahoma Medical Power of Attorney

Petition for Custody

Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

Petition for Foreign Judgment

Petition for Guardianship of a Minor

Petition for Guardianship of an Adult

Petition for Paternity

Petition for a Protective Order

Power of Attorney for Care and Custody of a Minor Child(ren)

Small Claims Affidavit and Order

Sworn Affidavit

Healing to Wellness
Judicial Branch Phone: 405-422-7424

On October 1, 2014, the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes were recipients of the Department of Justice Tribal Courts Assistance Program multi-year grant totaling $616,668. The purpose of this grant program was to respond to and reduce the ever-increasing criminal recidivism rate for alcohol and illicit drug arrests, involving Native Americans living within the Tribes’ jurisdiction.

This grant established a Healing to Wellness Court (HWC). The HWC is both a pre-plea diversion and deferred sentencing program. Points of entry into the HWC are at the initial court appearance or pre-sentence hearing. The HWC provides judicial supervision, treatment providers, community resources, and cultural, spiritual and traditional aspects of healing to sustain recovery and treatment.

New to the program this year is anger and stress management provided via a 12-session curriculum

Mrs. Kimberly Larney serves as the HWC Coordinator. For more information, please feel free to reach her at (405) 422-7424 or klarney@c-a-tribes.org.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Healing to Wellness Court is to empower tribal members to live soberly by offering comprehensive services that protect and support the recovery of offenders.

Judicial Commission
Judicial Branch Address: P.O. Box 9, Concho, OK 73036 Contact Department

The Judicial Commission is comprised of the following members: Eddie Henry Jr., Aloysius Rednose, and Montoya Whiteman, with two vacancies. The Judicial Commission meets monthly to review the Code of Ethics, complaints regarding Judges, Justices, attorneys, advocates, and court staff.

The Judicial Commission is comprised of five Members of the Tribes nominated by the Governor subject to confirmation by the Legislature. No person who has been convicted of a felony may serve as a Judicial Commission Member. Judicial Commission Members serve four-year staggered terms.

The Judicial Commission adopts a Code of Ethics for the Judges, Justices, attorneys, and advocates. The Judicial Commission hears any complaints regarding Judges, Justices, attorneys, and advocates. The Judicial Commission has the power to make recommendations to the Chief Justice to discipline an Associate Justice, Associate Judge, or Special Judge. The Judicial Commission has the power to make recommendations to the Chief Justice to discipline or remove any Court clerk or other Court staff. The Judicial Commission has the power to make recommendations to the Legislature to remove a Judge or Justice in accordance with this Constitution. The Judicial Commission provides each person subject to discipline or removal with due process.

The Judicial Commission has the power to regulate the conduct of lawyers and advocates licensed to practice in the Courts. A denial or revocation of a license to practice in the Courts may be appealed to the Judicial Commission provided that any decision by the Judicial Commission regarding such license may be appealed to the Chief Justice who shall make a final decision in writing.

Additional Resources

A lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities, and explain how the law applies to your case. Court staff can help you with questions about court forms and the court process, but cannot give you legal advice.

Department of Justice

Mr. Antonio Church, Acting Attorney General
P.O. Box 32
Concho, OK 73022
Phone: (405) 422-7855
Fax: (405) 422-8220
Email: achurch@cheyenneandarapaho.nsn.gov

The Oklahoman Indian Legal Services

4200 Perimeter Center Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone: (405) 943-6457
Fax: (405) 917-7060
Email: oils@oilsonline.org

Judicial BranchPhone: 405-422-7450
Fax: 405-422-8259Contact Department
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Law Enforcement
405-262-4814
Court AdministratorPhone: 405-422-7760
Court Clerk405-422-7922courtclerks@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov
Legal Aid Services405-422-7450
Modoc Tribe Child
Support Service
405-262-1119405-262-1125
Oklahoman Indian Legal Services405-943-6457405-917-7060
Probation Officer405-422-7456
Public Defender's Officepublicdefenderoffice@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov
SORNA405-422-7456

Public Defender’s Office

Email: publicdefenderoffice@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov
P.O. Box 102
Concho, OK 73022

Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement

P.O. Box 68
Concho, OK 73022

Legal Aid Program
Judicial Branch Phone: 405-422-7450 Fax: 405-422-8259 Contact Department
On December 16, 2014, the Governor of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes signed, A Bill to Adopt an Act Establishing the Legal Aid Program of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. The Legal Aid Program (LAP) provides legal representation to tribal members in tribal court and courts in Beckham, Blaine, Canadian, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Grady, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Roger Mills, and Washita County. The types of cases handled by the program are as follows: 1) Defense of misdemeanor criminal charges; 2) Defense of felony criminal charges if the statutory range of punishment includes a term of imprisonment of 10 years or less; and 3) Defending parents or children in deprived juvenile cases when appointed by the court. Ms. Kimberly Anthony and Angela Ganote serve as the Attorneys. Please feel free to contact Kimberly Anthony @ (405) 422-7663 or kanthony@c-a-tribes.org or Angela Ganote @ (405)422-7667 or aganote@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov. The assistant is Lefreda Whitecrow, she can be reached at (405)422-7450 or lwhitecrow@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Legal Aid Program is to provide basic legal advice and representation to Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members.

Probation Office
Judicial Branch Phone: 405-422-7456 Fax: 405-422-8259 Contact Department

In 2007, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes received the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Tribal Courts Assistance Program Grant and as a result, the Probation Office was developed. The Probation Office works with the Court System in monitoring and counseling offenders who are on active probation or who have been assigned community service or other alternatives to incarceration. The Probation Office is present during criminal dockets and available to provide probation assessments or assistance in locating substance abuse treatment services and transportation.  Probation Officer Esteban Juarez can be reached @ 405-422-7456 ejuarez@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Mission Statement

The mission of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes’ Probation Office is to promote public safety and develop positive change in offender behavior by improving their ability to live productively and lawfully.

Sex Offender Registry Program (SORNA)
Judicial Branch Phone: 405-422-7456 Fax: 405-422-8259 Contact Department

The Tribes’ commitment to implement Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Act known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) dates back to tribal legislation, Electing to Participate in the National Sex Offender Registry System that was approved in 2007. The Tribes Governor Janice Boswell signed the Tribes Sex Offender Code into law August 27, 2012. On July 23, 2013, the Tribes Sex Offender Registry Program registered a sex offender for the first time. In July 2014, amendments were made to the Code and the Sex Offender Registration Act was signed into law by Governor Eddie Hamilton.

All sex offenders who reside, are employed, or are a student within the lands subject to tribal jurisdiction must register with the Sex Offender Registry Program. In these types of cases, sex offenders must register and keep the registration current. Additionally, all sex offender convicted by the Tribes of a covered sex offense must register. In these types of cases, sex offenders must initially register with the Tribes regardless of the sex offender’s actual or intended residency.

Each registered sex offender appears in person to keep registration current based on the level at which the person has been tiered. Tiering is as follows: 1) Tier 1 sex offenders appear once a year for 15 years; 2) Tier 2 sex offenders appear once every 180 days for 25 years, and 3) Tier 3 sex offenders appear once every 90 days for the life. The Tribes collaborate with US Marshalls, BIA Law Enforcement, and surrounding counties to enforce the Tribal Sex Offender Registration Act.

Please visit the Tribes sex offender registry at https://catribes.nsopw.gov/.

SORNA Tech Esteban Juarez can be reached @ 405-422-7456 ejuarez@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sex Offender Registry Program is to promote the safety of our community by registering and tracking sex offenders and providing community awareness.

Supreme Court
Judicial Branch Phone: 405-422-7922 Fax: 405-422-8259 Contact Department

The five current Supreme Court members are Enid Boles, Acting Chief Justice, Dennis Arrow, Associate Justice, Lindsey Robertson, Associate Justice, John Kocher, Associate Justice, and Ryland Rivas, Sr., Associate Justice. The Supreme Court meets monthly or upon a case filling to analyze new petitions, motions, applications, and to prepare for cases.  Paula Levi serves as the Chief Court Clerk, and Lafreda Whitecrow and Kendall Charley both serve as the Deputy Court Clerks of the Supreme Court. For more information, please contact, Paula Levi at 405 422-7922 or plevi@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov, or Lafreda Whitecrow at 405 422-7450 or lwhitecrow@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov or Kendall Charley at 405-722-7558 or kcharley@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov, or Tayler Shoopman 405-722-7451 or tshoopman@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov.

Mission Statement

We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and Law and Order Code of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

Consititution

The Supreme Court is comprised of one Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. The Chief Justice and each Associate Justice of the Supreme Court serves four-year staggered terms or until a successor is sworn in to office.

The Supreme Court has appellate jurisdiction over any case on appeal from the Trial Court. The Supreme Court has original and exclusive jurisdiction over any final determination by the Election Commission on a protest or challenge of the results of an election, and such jurisdiction includes the power to make findings of fact and conclusions of law, and to issue all remedies in law and equity.

The Supreme Court has the power to interpret the Constitution and laws of the Tribes and to make conclusions of law. The Supreme Court has the power to declare the laws of the Tribes void if such laws are not in agreement with this Constitution. The Supreme Court has the power to issue all remedies in law and in equity. Decisions of the Supreme Court are final. All orders, opinions, and decisions of the Supreme Court are written and published.

Trial Court
Judicial Branch Trial Court Phone: 405-422-7922 Fax:

Presently, there are three active Associate Judges: Juan Garcia, Michael Belanger, and Richard Phillips. Court dockets are held on a weekly basis by case type: civil, divorce, guardianship, juvenile, criminal, and delinquency. Paula Levi serves as the Court Clerk of the Trial Court, and Lafreda Whitecrow and Kendall Charley both serve as the Deputy Court Clerks of the Trial Court. For more information, please contact, Paula Levi at (405) 422-7922 or plevi@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov, or Lafreda White Crow at (405) 422-7450 or lwhitecrow@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov or Kendall Charley at (405)-722-7558 or kcharley@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov, or Tayler Shoopman 405-722-7451 or tshoopman@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov.

Before, 1934, the Tribes utilized their own system of settling disputes. The offending family surrendering a material object, such as horses to the victimized family. Violent offenses involving murder often resulted in expulsion from the Tribes. Records indicate that as of 1979 the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes began emulating modern-day Western-style court systems in compliance with the Federal Offenses Court. The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes administer their own District Trial Court, through a P.L. 93-638 contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and have done so since 1988.

Mission Statement

We are an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and Law and Order Code of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

Constitution

The Trial Court is comprised of one Chief Judge, one Associate Judge, and other Associate Judges as deemed necessary by the Legislature by law. The Chief Judge of the Trial Court serves a four-year term of Office. The Associate Judge of the Trail Court serves a four-year term of office. Any other Associate Judges of the Tribal Court serves a four-year term of office.

The Trial Court has original jurisdiction over all cases and controversies, both criminal and civil, in law or in equity, arising under the Constitution, laws, and customs of the Tribes, including cases in which the Tribes or its officials and employees are a party. Any such case or controversy arising within the jurisdiction of the Tribes are to be filed in the Tribal Court before it is filed in any other court. This grant of jurisdiction shall not be construed to be a waiver of the Sovereign Immunity of the Tribes.

The Trial Court has the power to make findings of fact, to interpret the Constitution and laws of the Tribes, and to make conclusions of law. The Trial Court has the power to issue all remedies in law and in equity. The Trial Court has the power to declare the laws of the Tribes void if such laws are not in agreement with this Constitution.

 

 

Judicial BranchPhone: 405-422-7450
Fax: 405-422-8259Contact Department
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Law Enforcement
405-262-4814
Court AdministratorPhone: 405-422-7760
Court Clerk405-422-7922courtclerks@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov
Legal Aid Services405-422-7450
Modoc Tribe Child
Support Service
405-262-1119405-262-1125
Oklahoman Indian Legal Services405-943-6457405-917-7060
Probation Officer405-422-7456
Public Defender's Officepublicdefenderoffice@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov
SORNA405-422-7456
 
Legislative Branch

Attention: Cheyenne and Arapaho Registered Voters ages 18 – 54

The Eighth Legislature is committed to serving tribal members. The holiday season is here and we would like to assist our OUT- OF- STATE Registered Voters and their families to stay safe. The Legislative Branch and the Governor’s office assisted with Thanksgiving and Christmas events, because of social distancing and not being able to have gatherings this holiday season. The Speaker’s office would like to extend our assistance with a $50.00 Visa Gift Card to BY APPLYING ONLINE to help with the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The applications will be emailed to each district and mailed out by each Legislator’s office after VERIFICATION.

This Gift card can be used to purchase items like groceries, medicine and/or and other COVID-19 related expenses.

We hope you and your family have a happy holiday and stay safe.

The link for the application will available on the Cheyenne and Arapaho Official Website this afternoon, December 18, 2020. Please Click on link and apply online, Ho’hou!!

Kendricks Sleeper

Speaker of the Eighth Legislature

Arapaho District 2 Legislator

2021 Annual Legislative Calendar

MONTHLY NOTICE for the 18th Regular Session

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A-1

Arapaho District 1

Assistant Speaker Billie Sutton

Arapaho District 1

Contact

Leg. Billie Sutton

Cell: 405-549-8932 Messages: 405-422-7405

bsutton@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

 

Administrative Assistant – Monica Allen

Office: 405-422-7447

mallen@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Individual PPE application link

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Arapaho District 2

Speaker Kendricks Sleeper 

Arapaho District 2

Contact

Speaker Kendricks Sleeper

Arapaho District 2

Office: 405-422-7919

ksleeper@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Administrative Assistant – Renae Pedro

Office: 405-422-7440

rpedro@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Individual PPE application link

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Arapaho District 3

Leg. Travis Ruiz

Arapaho District 3

Contact

Arapaho District 3 Legislator Travis Ruiz

Office: 405-422-7599

truiz@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Administrative Assistant –

Office: 405-422-7532

Individual PPE application link

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Arapaho District 4

Leg. Rector Candy

Arapaho District 4

Contact

Arapaho District 4 Legislator Rector Candy

Office: 405-422-7916

rcandy@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Administrative Assistant – Keli Van Hook

Office: Office: 405-422-7916

kvanhook@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Individual PPE application link

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Cheyenne District 1

Leg. Bruce Whiteman, Jr.

Cheyenne District 1

Contact

Cheyenne District 1 Legislator Bruce Whiteman, Jr.

Office: 405-422-7750

bwhiteman@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Administrative Assistant – Sara Pedro

Office: 405-422-7750

spedro@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Individual PPE application link

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Cheyenne District 2

Leg. George Woods

Cheyenne District 2

Contact

Cheyenne District 2 Legislator George Woods

Office: 405-422-7415

geowoods@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

C2/A2 Office Manager – David Ramos

Office: 405-422-7480

dramos@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Individual PPE Application Link

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Cheyenne District 3

Leg. Darrel Flyingman 

Cheyenne District 3

Contact

Cheyenne District 3 Legislator Darrel Flyingman

Office: 405-422-7588

dflyingman@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Administrative Assistant –

Office: 405-422-7588

Individual PPE application link

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Cheyenne District 4

Leg. Byron Byrd

Cheyenne District 4

Contact

Cheyenne District 4 Byron Byrd

Office: 405-422-7616

bybyrd@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Administrative Assistant – Michelle Byrd

Office: 405-422-7615

mbyrd@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov

Individual PPE application link

The Legislative Branch shall be comprised of one Legislature. The Legislature shall consist of four Cheyenne Districts and four Arapaho Districts. Each Cheyenne District shall have one Cheyenne Legislator and each Arapaho District shall have one Arapaho Legislator, for a total of eight District Legislators. The Legislature shall elect a Speaker from among its members.

Tribal Council
Tribal Council Branch Phone: 405-422-7430 Fax: 405-422-8237 Contact Department

Public Notice: Resolutions/Minutes From October 2020 Annual Tribal Council Meeting

The Tribal Council is composed of all Member of the Tribes ages eighteen and older and operates with an official Office of the Tribal Council. The 2006 Constitution of the Tribes appoints the Tribal Council with the following authorities:

  • Power to set policy for the Tribes and shall have all other powers and duties specifically provided by the Constitution.
  • Exclusive power to approve the annual budget for the Tribes
  • Power to authorize the Governor to enter into treaties, compacts, or any contract
  • Power to establish its own rules of order and procedure

The Tribal Council holds an Annual Meeting in October where many tribal issues, proposed resolutions, and community services information is disseminated and reviewed by the Tribal Council. The organizational structure of the Tribal Council is shown in the chart below.

 

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