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Northern California Tribal Court Coalition
About the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition


Promote and Strengthen Tribal Justice Systems to Restore Balance and Order in our Communities, While Honoring Sovereignty and Cultural Values

In December 2004, Hoopa Valley Tribe Chief Judge Richard Blake invited representatives from local Tribal courts to meet with him about shared interests, particularly full faith and credit of domestic violence protection orders in state courts. The meeting was so productive, the representatives decided to meet regularly.

Eventually, this informal group decided to incorporate, have bylaws and membership, and seek funding to strengthen and improve access to Tribal Courts in Northern California and beyond.

Incorporated under the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s nonprofit code in February 2009, NCTCC was granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status by the IRS in 2010. All contributions to the NCTCC are tax deductible.

Today, the five voting members of the NCTCC are the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Karuk Tribe, Smith River Rancheria, Trinidad Rancheria and Yurok Tribe.

The 2013 Board of Directors, designated by resolution by each Tribe are:

Hoopa Valley Tribe: Richard Blake and Michelle Krieger (NCTCC Vice Chairperson)

Karuk Tribe: April Attebury and Michael Thom

Smith River Rancheria: Denise Padgette (NCTCC Treasurer) and Nita Green

Trinidad Rancheria: Lillian Strong.

Yurok Tribe: Abby Abinanti (Chief Judge and NCTCC Chairperson) and Jennifer Burgess

The NCTCC Executive Director and OVW Program Manager is Stephanie Dolan. The Domestic Violence Court Resource Coordinator is Julia Jury

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