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.
On July 9, Chief Justice Court Order 55 was approved to simplify the filing of court documents so Band members don't need to come into the court to do so.
Due 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.
43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
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.
Associate Justice for Court of Appeals, District II
Associate Justice for Court of Appeals, District I
Associate Justice for Court of Appeals, District III
District Court Judge
Understanding Service of Process
Please watch the video below if you are trying to file a new court case or a motion. Normally, serving all parties is the responsibility of the petitioner when a new case is filed, but when filing a case in Tribal Court, our Bailiff/Process Server will serve the paperwork if there is a current address listed. However, our Bailiff/Process Server will not serve Motion forms. Any Motions filed must be accomplished by the motioning party.
Tribal Court Staff
Court Clerk II - Truancy, Unlawful Detainers, Criminal, Natural Resource, Traffic, and Court of Appeals
Court Clerk I - Civil, Order for Protection, Harassment, Garnishments, Electric, GRA Appeals and Employment Appeals
Clerk of Court I - Adoption, Child Support, Dissolution of Marriage, Adult Guardianship, Name Change, and Probate
Guardians ad Litem
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.)
Filing a Civil Complaint
Filing a Foreign Judgment
Filing for Custody And Visitation
Getting Married in Tribal Court
Glossary of Legal Terminology
Guardian ad Litem QA
Guardianship and Conservatorship QA
Name Change Info
Order for Protection QA
What Court Staff Can and Cannot Do
General — Miscellaneous
Affidavit for In Forma Pauperis Waiver
Affidavit of Service
Certificate of Representation – General
Civil Complaint Form
Cultural Cause of Action Complaint
Garnishment of Wage or Per Capita Payment
Petition to Establish Custody And Visitation
Petition to change name
Power of Attorney
Proposed Default Judgement
Registration of Foreign Judgment form 
Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice Form
When filing a General Motion or Motion for Default Judgement an affidavit of service must be completed and filed with the Motion to prove that all parties received the Motion.
Motion for Default Judgment
Motion to Appear by Telephone
Petition for Protective Orders
Guide to Probate
Petition for Probate of Will and Appointment of Personal Representative
Petition for Adjudication of Intestacy, Determination of Heirs and Appointment of Personal Representative
Acceptance of Appointment and Oath by Individual
Certificate of Mailing
Petition for Determination of Descent
Schedule of Distribution and Payment of Claims
Schedule of Distribution
Receipt for Distribution of Payment of Claim
Personal Representative's Statement to Close Estate
Petition for Order of Complete Settlement of Estate and Decree of Distribution
Collection of Personal Property
In the Matter of the Gaming Regulatory Appeals Procedure – Court Order #41
In the Matter of the Rules of the Court of Appeals – Court Order #48
In the Matter of the Rules of the District Court – Court Order #49
In the Matter of Attorney and Lay Advocate Discipline – Court Order #50
Amended Chief Justice - Court Order #53
In the Matter of the Adoption of District Court Rule 134 — Governing Electronic Filing and Service —Chief Justice Court Order #55