The strengthening of the powers of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma by enhancing government operations through tribal legislative and judicial methods is an ongoing process. The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has strengthened its judicial capabilities by the successful operation of the Tribe’s court system. By administering its own judicial system, speedy and impartial adjudication of violations of tribal law and resolution of civil disputes are handled accordingly.
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma first established and operated its tribal court system through an inter-tribal agreement with a neighboring tribe in 1987. In 1992, the Iowas assumed complete operation of its tribal court and physically relocated the court from the inter-tribal location to the Iowa Tribal Headquarters in Perkins, Oklahoma.
The tribal court is a court of general jurisdiction and administers its law and order in civil, criminal and juvenile matters. The court staff consists of a district court judge, public defender and prosecutor. The Iowa Supreme Court is made up of two justices and one Chief Justice. The Tribe’s judicial authority is based upon its Constitution, its Tribal Law and Order Code, and the unique relationship between Native Americans and the United States.
Court Administrator – Rebecca Thompson