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Minnesota has 11 federally recognized tribes, each of which has its own tribal court, governed by its own laws and procedures. The attorneys at F. Clayton Tyler, P.A. are admitted to practice law before several of these courts.

Tribal courts often have concurrent jurisdiction with state courts, and hear many of the same types of cases, including traffic violations, family matters, guardianship, and civil commitment. Concurrent jurisdiction means that it is not unusual to have to decide whether a matter should be decided by a tribal court or a state court. It also means that it is sometimes necessary to ask state courts to recognize and enforce tribal court orders. Minnesota’s General Rules of Practice for the District Courts was recently amended to clarify when state courts must recognize tribal court orders, and what factors to consider when recognition is discretionary.

Whether you have a legal matter pending in tribal court, or have a tribal court order you want enforced in state court, the experienced attorneys at F. Clayton Tyler, P.A. are prepared to help.