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.)


Appeal Petition                 $40.00

Background check            $25.00

Copies (Per Page)              $3.00

Court Order Copies           $10.00

Transcripts                         $100.00


 Adoption Petition             $40.00

Civil Petition                       $40.00

Civil Petition Withdrawal    $20.00

Custody/Ex Parte Petition   $40.00

Divorce Petition                  $50.00

Divorce (Additional Published) $50.00

Guardianship Petition         $40.00

Marriage License                 $50.00

Name Change Petition        $40.00

Order For Protection           NO FEE

Paternity Petition                 $40.00

Probate Petition                   $40.00

Restraining Order                $40.00

Visitation Petition                $40.00

Voluntary Placement Petition    $40.00

Criminal Case

 Criminal Complaint Withdrawal   $20.00

Office Staff
 Court Administrator
Eileen Sayers, Receptionist
Dolores Ybarra, Clerk of Court – CP/Juvenile
Destiny Stillday, Clerk of Court – Adult
Autumn Lussier, Clerk of Court – Adult/floating
Karen May, Clerk of Court – Civil
Guadalupe Ybarra, Judges’ Law/Appellate Clerk
Marla King, File Clerk
Vacant, Probation – Juvenile
Amanda Jourdain, Probation – Adult
Vacant, Probation – Adult
Jessica Roberts, Guardian ad Litem
Jamie Roberts, Guardian ad Litem

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

Prosecution Staff
Ogema Neadeau, Chief Prosecutor
Amber Defoe, Assistant Prosecutor
Alice Benaise, Juvenile Prosecutor
Tiffani Packineau, CDV/SA Prosecutor
Allison Graves, Prosecution Clerk

Public Defense Staff
Donna Morrison, Public Defender
Dwight Stately Jr, CP Public Defender
Senora Thompson, CP Public Defender

Healing to Wellness Court Staff
Elizabeth Royal, Healing to Wellness Court Judge
Larry Vanwert, Adult Case Manager
Jade Cloud, Juvenile Case Manager
Andrew Silverman, Case Manager