The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order today creating the Michigan Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum.
The forum will address working relationships among the court systems of the state, tribal and federal jurisdictions in Michigan.
The following will serve two-year terms on the forum: Hon. Susan Dobrich, Hon. William Hupy, Hon. Jeffrey Nellis, Hon. Larry Nelson, Hon. George Quist and Hon. Frank Szymanski. The following will serve three-year terms on the forum: Hon. Robert Butts, Hon. William Ervin, Hon. Cheryl Hill, Hon. James Lambros, Hon. Timothy Connors and Justice Michael Cavanagh.
In addition, chief tribal judges will appoint a judge to the forum to represent each of Michigan's 12 federally recognized American Indian tribes: Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Hannahville Indian Community, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe).
Justice Bridget McCormack will serve as the Supreme Court liaison to the forum.
Posted by Samantha Meinke