The Chippewa Cree Tribe Judical Commission adopted a process for the Tribal Court to implement an Administrative Citizen Customer Complaint Process so that any complaint against staff members, Judges or members of the Judicial Commission will be handled uniformly and expeditiously.
The CCTC is devoted to the support of tribal community members’ justice system through education, information, sharing and advocacy. The Chippewa Cree Tribal Court will strive to provide traditional means of resolving disputes in all facets of the justice system. In a concerted effort to strengthen the court’s ability to evolve its shift toward culturally relevant and appropriate justice, the CCTC developed a Mission statement to reflect the enhancement of the tribal justice system.
THE CHIPPEWA CREE TRIBAL COURT, GUIDED BY CULTURE AND TRADITION, WILL PROVIDE EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL.
The Chippewa Cree Tribal Court’s vision is to provide fair and equitable justice for all with respect to tradition and culture as a full-functioning independent Judicial branch of government in collaboration with our community; and, to incorporate Chief Rocky Boy’s vision to “Love one another and take care of each other.”
The Chippewa Cree Tribal Court recognizes that to be successful in the accomplishment of the mission an integral value and belief system is needed. The CCTC strategic planning sessions spurred discussion and the result is the development of Guiding Principles.
The foundation of organizational culture lies with the values and beliefs that reflect the way in which the organization conducts carrying out its mission. The CCTC defined these principles to define and reinforce the values and beliefs of the organization for the long-term success of the Tribal Court.
The five strategic directions are:
All parties will be guaranteed due process and treated in a fair and just manner regardless of race, culture, age, gender, disability, and religious preference. The judicial branch will be responsive to the needs of the public and shall enhance the public’s understanding of and confidence in the tribal courts.
The judiciary shall be an independent branch of government that seeks, uses and accounts for Tribal/Federal/State and private sector funding necessary for its support. The independence of judicial decision-making shall be protected.
The Tribal Court recognizes the importance and will provide culture/community/family values and beliefs into the Tribal Court System.
Management of operations shall be administered utilizing best practices, innovative ideas, competent judges, judicial officers, and staff within appropriate facilities.
The effectiveness of judges and other judicial branch staff shall be enhanced through continuing education and training.