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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 Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Karuk Tribe, Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation, and Yurok Tribe.

The 2014-2015 Board of Directors, designated by resolution by each Tribe are:

Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria:William Sand, and alternates Abby Abinanti (Yurok) and Myrna Rivera

Hoopa Valley Tribe: Richard Blake (Chief Judge and NCTCC Chairperson) and Michelle Krieger (NCTCC Secretary)

Karuk Tribe: April Attebury and Russell Attebery

Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation: Denise Padgette and Nita Green (NCTCC Treasurer)

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

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

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