Red Lake Nation maintains its own Tribal Courts that provides both criminal and civil services for the band members. Court staff handle as many as 2,000 criminal and civil proceedings annually.

The Tribal Courts moved to the new Criminal Justice Complex on the west edge of Red Lake in 2009. The facility includes two courtrooms: Courtroom A is intended for adult proceedings as well as for marriages and other civil cases; Courtroom B is for hearing all juvenile-related matters. The offices of the court staff, prosecution and defense are also housed in the building, as well.

The Tribal Courts hear all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases resulting from violations of the Tribal Code. Certain felony crimes are adjudicated in federal court. Traffic citations are also settled within the courts.

Several other programs are included in the Tribal Court system as well, including: probation, and child support, among others. Probation officers are in place to insure that those convicted follow through with their court mandated punishments and fines.

Contact Information

Red Lake Tribal Courts
Hwy 1 East, Box 572
Red Lake, MN 56671
Fax: 218-679-2683
Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm
(Closed for Tribally recognized holidays and leave.)

Adoption: $40
Child Support: $40
Civil Complaint : $40
Civ. Comp. Withdrawal: $20
Photocopy/Page: $3
Copy of Order: $10
Custody: $40
Divorce: $100
Div. Published Addt'l: $50
Guardianship: $40
Marriage License: $50
Name Change: $40
Order for Protect: No Fee
Paternity: $40
Probate: $40
Restraining Order: $40
Return of Property: $40
Security Agreement: $20
Transcript: $100
Visitation: $40
Voluntary Placement: $40

Office Staff
Jason Defoe, Court Administrator
Gary Jourdain Jr., Administrative Assistant

File Clerk
December Van Wert, Clerk of Court – Adult
Francis Kingbird, Clerk of Court – Civil
Ashlyn Lyons, Probation – Juvenile
Amanda Jourdain, Probation – Adult
Shianne Auginash, Probation – Adult
Tiffani Packineau, Guardian ad Litem
Larry Van Wert, Guardian ad Litem
Josalyn Vasques, Receptionist

Judicial Staff
Mary Ringhand, Chief Judge
Chris Allery, Associate Judge

Prosecution Staff
Ogema Neadeau, Chief Prosecutor
Lisa Ducheneaux, Assistant Prosecutor
Amber Defoe, Juvenile Prosecutor
Alice Benaise, Child Case Presenter
Jennifer Jourdain, Prosecution Clerk

Public Defense Staff
Donna Morrison, Public Defender
Keith Dow, Public Defender

Family Drug Court Staff
Elizabeth Royal, Family Drug Court Judge
Donovan May, Court Administrator/Case Manager
Pam Needham, Clerk of Court