Tribal Court

In accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government Tribal Court oversees child custody issues (including State intervention), appeals & petitions. The Court is comprised of five (5) elected judges and a clerk.

ICWA personnel also provide case management for children in Tribal custody as well as overseeing Tribal foster homes and Tribal adoptions.

ICWA Worker – Arlene Peter

Tribal Court Clerk-Sandra Shepherd

Presiding Judge – Shannon Hardy
Judge -Hans James
Judge – Linda Horace
Judge – Ruby Thomas
Judge – Andrew Firmin

Phone: 907.662.3625 or 907.662.5105

State of Alaska, Office of Children’s Services
ICWA related links from the State of Alaska OCS