Democratic Club – Serving Justice

Navigating Cultures in the Justice System

This Friday, the Democratic Club welcomes Judge Cindy Jordan. Judge Jordan is the Chief Justice for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. She also serves as the Healing to Wellness Judge and on the Court of Appeals for the Nez Perce Tribe and the Spokane Tribe. In addition, she is a Judge Pro Tem for the Kalispel and Colville Tribes. Judge Jordan also practices law in Spokane WA. Her areas of focus include Family Law, GAL, Prisoner Law, Criminal Defense, Prosecution, Legal services, and Appeals. Judge Jordan calls her talk “What’s a Nice Girl Like Me Doing in a Place Like This-Navigating through Different Cultures in the Justice System. Join us this Friday, at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, for a lesson on bridging cultures and serving justice.

What is Tribal Court?

Native American tribes possess the right of self-governance with respect to their reservations. Therefore, they have federal authority to adjudicate cases involving tribal children and civil offenses committed on tribal lands by tribal members. They can also make formal judgments over claims between tribe members and nonmembers. The legal rights of tribal members and their civil courts are outlined in the Indian Civil Rights Act.