Tribal Court

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE

Interim Chief Justice Ramona Applegate shared Chief Justice Court Order 53 on March 17 regarding operations of the Mille Lacs Band Court of Central Jurisdiction (Tribal Court) under the Band-wide and State-wide emergency. The order outlines procedures for hearings, trials, filing, and prioritization of cases. To read the Order, click here.

On March 24, Chief Justice Applegate signed Chief Justice Court Order 54 regarding affidavits.

Do to the required social distancing, we are at critical staffing levels. If you want to file a petition or court document, please file it through our temporary E-filing email. MLBO.Court@MilleLacsBand.com.

When calling the main line at the Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court (320-532-7400), please leave a message with a valid return phone number. A court clerk will call you back shortly or within 24-hours.

Mille Lacs Band Court of Central Jurisdiction

The Tribal Court consists of a Court of Appeals and a District Court. The Appeals Court consists of an Associate Justice from each of the reservation’s three districts, one of these being the Chief Justice. The Appeals Court handles any appeals from the District Court, which is presided over by the District Court Judge. The District Court hears all civil cases, including traffic and natural resource violations, small claims, family cases, juvenile justice cases, and more. All justices are appointed by the Band’s Chief Executive and ratified by the Band Assembly to serve six-year terms.

Address

43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
Get Directions

320-532-7400

Fax: 320-532-3153

Tribal Court Calendar

During inclement weather, please call 1-800-709-6445 to determine if the Government Center is closed or has a delay opening. If the government center is closed due to inclement weather, the Tribal Court will also be closed. If this occurs, the cases on the calendar for the day will be rescheduled and notices will be sent. When the Mille Lacs Band Government Center is delayed for opening, such as a two-hour late start, any cases scheduled prior to that will be heard upon opening.

Mille Lacs Band Case Law Reporter

Judiciary Fee Schedule
Citation Formats
Child Support Enforcement Program

Ramona Applegate
Interim-Chief Justice
Associate Justice for Court of Appeals, District II

Elmer Nayquonabe
Associate Justice for Court of Appeals, District I

Vacant
Associate Justice for Court of Appeals, District III

David S. Christensen
District Court Judge

Tribal Court Staff



Gilda Burr
Court Administrator

320-532-7401


Arlene Bentley
Assistant Court & Administrative Clerk

320-532-7400


Brett Haskin
Bailiff Officer/Process Server

320-532-7758


Melissa Taylor
Court Clerk II - Custody, Child Guardianship and Welfare

320-532-7404


Kitty Johnson
Court Clerk II - Truancy, Unlawful Detainers, Criminal, Natural Resource, Traffic, and Court of Appeals

320-532-7502


Marie Stobb
Court Clerk I - Civil, Order for Protection, Harassment, Garnishments, Electric, GRA Appeals and Employment Appeals

320-532-7538


Kristine Starr
Clerk of Court I - Adoption, Child Support, Dissolution of Marriage, Adult Guardianship, Name Change, and Probate

320-532-7553


Laurie Vilas
Tribal Court Peacemaker

320-532-4769
320-630-1132


Jill Tompkins
Court Attorney

320-532-7597


Special Magistrate

B.J. Jones
Joe Plumer
Tammy Swanson

Guardian ad Litem

Dixie Kamimura
K.C. Paulson
Pam Chichila
Michelle Peer
Jessica Gilder-Schwartz
Jeannie Reams
Cynthia Bahe


Admission to the Mille Lacs Band Bar

Mille Lacs Band Bar/Attorney Information Forms
(When applying for admission, please complete both the application and the status/update form.)

Admission to Practice Information – Form A
Mille lacs Band Bar Application – Form B
Attorney Status / Update Doc – Form C