TRIBAL COUNCIL SEEKS LETTERS OF INTEREST FROM PERSONS TO SERVE AS CHIEF JUSTICE ON THE NHBP TRIBAL SUPREME COURT. The Tribal Council is soliciting letters of interest from qualified individuals interested in being appointed to serve on the NHBP Supreme Court. The individual appointed to this position would be appointed to a six (6) year term of office expiring on December 31, 2022. Letters of interest must be submitted no later than November 25, 2016 to be considered. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and statement of qualifications (or resume) to: Jamie P. Stuck, Tribal Council Chairperson, 1485 Mno-Bmadzewen Way, Fulton, Michigan 49052.
NHBP Judicial Branch: The NHBP Judiciary is a Constitutional Branch of Government established under Article XI of the Band’s Constitution. The NHBP Court is a court of general jurisdiction and the Supreme Court hears appeals from the Judiciary’s Trial Court. In addition to hearing appeals, members of the Supreme Court also work with the trial court’s Chief Judge and other court staff in the development of Court Rules and Administrative Orders.
Qualifications for Appointment: In accordance with the NHBP Constitution, persons interested in being appointed to the Tribal Judiciary must agree to undergo an extensive background investigation and may be asked to appear before the Tribal Council to answer questions about his/her qualifications for the position. The qualifications of prospective appointees are determined by the Tribal Council in accordance with the qualifications for office contained in Article XI of the NHBP Constitution which include the following:
- Has attained the age of thirty (30) years;
- Is a licensed attorney in good standing;
- Not be an employee of NHBP or presently serving, or a candidate for, a seat on the elected Tribal Council and
- Has never been convicted of a violent crime, felony or a crime of fraud.
Members of the bench are compensated for services at a competitive hourly rate. In accordance with the NHBP Constitution, “the amount of [compensation] shall not be reduced during such person’s term of office”. Justices are also reimbursed for reasonable expenses including travel to and from Michigan.