Appellate Court

The Court of Appeals was established by the Tribal Council to hear and decide appeals on the law taken from judgments, orders or rulings of the Tribal Court in accordance with CSKT Laws Codified 103-A.  On June 27, 1995, the Tribal Council separated the Court of Appeals from the Tribal Court and established a five-member Appellate Justice panel.  The Appellate Court is comprised of one Chief Justice, two Attorney Associate Justices, and two Tribal Member Lay Associate Justices. The Chief Justice is appointed to serve a four-year term, and the Associate Justices are appointed to serve a three-year term. 

Each panel to hear a case is comprised of two attorney justices and one tribal member lay justice, unless a rehearing en banc is granted. In that case, it is re-heard before the panel of all five justices.

The types of cases that come before the Court of Appeals vary, including child custody, divorces, civil, criminal, probate, juvenile, and small claims.

The Appellate Court convenes in its regular sessions the second week of February, April, June, and October. It may hold special sessions if necessary.

The Chief Justice must be an attorney at law. William Joseph “Joe” Moran served as Chief Justice of the Appellate Court from 2003-2008.  Justice Moran was the first CSKT tribal member to serve as Appellate Court Chief Justice.  In his honor, Tribal Council named the Appellate Courtroom the WILLIAM JOSEPH MORAN APPELLATE COURTROOM. 

 Available Documents

ProSe Forms
Adams v Comes At Night.pdf
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Adamson v Adamson.pdf
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Arnett v Dolson.pdf
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Balyeat Law v Samsel.pdf
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Bartell v Kerr.pdf
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Baylor v CSKT et al.pdf
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Bear Dont Walk v SKC et al.pdf
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Begay v Nicolai.pdf
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Bennefield v Lutes.pdf
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Bick v Pierce.pdf
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Bighorse v CSKT et al.pdf
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Bufton Roberta.pdf
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Burke v Cahoon.pdf
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Burland Estate.pdf
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Burland v Burland.pdf
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Burland-Kelly v Progressive Insurance.pdf
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Burnett v Pioneer Chevrolet.pdf
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Cajune Writs.pdf
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CBM Collections v Sorrell.pdf
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Check Collect v Mitchell 051394.pdf
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Check Collect v Neumann.pdf
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Child Support vs. Tribal Court.pdf
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CKC FRA.pdf
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Clairmont Estate vs Dennis Clairmont.pdf
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Clairmont Estate.pdf
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Clairmont v Camel.pdf
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Clairmont v Edmo.pdf
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Clairmont v Evergreen Healthcare.pdf
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Cole v Cole 041798.pdf
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Cole v Cole 102802.pdf
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Couture v Couture.pdf
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Couture v CSKT.pdf
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CSKT v Alexander.pdf
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CSKT v Bellcourt.pdf
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CSKT v Brown.pdf
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CSKT v Buck.pdf
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CSKT v Burland.pdf
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CSKT v Charlo.pdf
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CSKT v Conko 2.pdf
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CSKT v Conko.pdf
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CSKT v Crossguns.pdf
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CSKT v Decker.pdf
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CSKT v Devereaux.pdf
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CSKT v Finley.pdf
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CSKT v Frost.pdf
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CSKT v Gebeau.pdf
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CSKT v Johnson.pdf
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CSKT v Kicking Woman.pdf
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CSKT v Lozeau.pdf
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CSKT v Madplume.pdf
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CSKT v Malatare.pdf
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CSKT v Matt.pdf
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CSKT v McCrea.pdf
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King v King 072292.pdf
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King v King 120892.pdf
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Liberty v Jones.pdf
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Little Whiteman v Quequesah.pdf
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Lulow v Peterson.pdf
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Lutes v Judge Yellow Kidney.pdf
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Madplume v Madplume.pdf
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McLeod v Dupuis.pdf
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McVicker v Mulholland 2010.pdf
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McVicker v Mulholland 2012.pdf
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Middlemist v CSKT et al.pdf
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Mitchell v Barnaby.pdf
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Mitchell v Olson.pdf
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Monteau v Monteau.pdf
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Moran v CSKT et al.pdf
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Morigeau v CSKT.pdf
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Murray Estate Opinion.pdf
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Murray v Murray 2000.pdf
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Murray v Murray 2002.pdf
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Northwest Collections v Pichette.pdf
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OBrien v OBrien.pdf
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Pablo v CSKT.pdf
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Patten Kim.pdf
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Perez Jessica.pdf
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Pete v Pete.pdf
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Phillips v Dustys Auto Sales.pdf
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Pitts v Earling.pdf
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Quaring v Tribal Court 2.pdf
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Quaring v Tribal Court.pdf
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Ramirez v GunHammer.pdf
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Reum v Tribal Social Services.pdf
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Rodda v Slaughter.pdf
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Savage v Curley.pdf
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SKHA v Adams.pdf
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SKHA v Caye.pdf
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SKHA v Finley.pdf
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SKHA v Miller.pdf
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Smith v SKC 2001.pdf
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Smith v SKC 2003.pdf
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Smith v SKC 2004.pdf
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Smith v Wold.pdf
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Smiths Auto v Finley.pdf
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Steele v Smith.pdf
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Stevens v Courville.pdf
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Tribal Credit v Houle.pdf
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Tribal Credit v Michel 2003.pdf
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Tribal Credit v Michel 2007.pdf
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Tribal Credit v Michel 2010.pdf
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Umphrey v Souza.pdf
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Underwood v Hendrickx.pdf
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Waugh v Hudspeth.pdf
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Wheeler v Gardipe.pdf
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Wildshoe Juniper.pdf
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Winchester v Winchester.pdf
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Appellate Court Staffing and terms consist of the following:

COURT ADMINISTRATOR:

  • Abby Dupuis 9/7/2010 - Present
  • D. Renee Pierre 4/3/2009 - 9/7/2010
  • Abby Dupuis 6/27/1995 - 4/3/2009

CHIEF JUSTICES (Past and Present):

  • Eldena Bear Don’t Walk 08/01/11 - Present
  • Cher Desjarlais Stewart 09/04/2008 – 7/31/2011
  • Wilmer Windham (Acting Chief Justice) - 03/20/2008 - 9/04/2008 
  • William Joseph Moran 02/13/2003 - March 2008
  • Pat Smith 01/09/1997 - 10/22/2002
  • Robert Peregoy 06/27/1995 - 05/09/1996

ACTIVE ASSOCIATE JUSTICES:

  • Thor Hoyte 04/01/2016 - Present
  • Joshua Morigeau 12/02/2014 – 12/01/2017

TRIBAL MEMBER LAY ASSOCIATE JUSTICES (Past and Present):

  • Robert McDonald 04/01/2010 - Present
  • Greg Dupuis 02/18/1999 - Present
  • Clayton Matt 02/18/1999 - 01/11/2010
  • Margaret Hall 06/27/1995 - 02/18/1999
  • Robert Gauthier 06/27/1995 - 02/18/1999

PAST ATTORNEY ASSOCIATE JUSTICES:

  • Jim Wheelis 06/27/1995 - 05/09/1996
  • Marjorie Brown 06/27/1995 - 07/09/1996
  • Brenda Desmond 01/28/1997 - 07/01/2003
  • Cynthia Ford 01/28/1997 - 06/27/2000
  • Michael Eakin 09/21/2000 - 11/07/2003
  • Wilmer Windham 07/01/2003 - 09/30/2009
  • Chuck Wall 11/07/2003 - 11/24/2009
  • Eldena Bear Don't Walk - 12/01/2009 - 07/31/2011
  • Daniel Belcourt 10/29/2009 –2012
  • Joey Jayne 11/01/11 – 10/31/2014
  • Kenneth Pitt 03/01/2013 - 02/29/2016
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