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 – Michelle Peter

Tribal Court Clerk – Vacant

Presiding Judge – Ruby Thomas     Term 2017 – 2020
Judge – Georgianna Engler              Term 2018 – 2020
Judge – Andrew Firmin                      Term 2018 – 2021
Judge – Janis Carroll                          Term 2018 – 2021
Judge – Andrea Thomas                    Term 2018 – 2019


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