Idaho Tribal Courts

Organized under the auspices of the Idaho Supreme Court


What is a "Tribal Court"?

A court administered through self-government of an American Indian tribe especially on a reservation and having federally prescribed jurisdiction over custody and adoption cases involving tribal children, criminal jurisdiction over offenses committed on tribal lands by members of the tribe, and broader civil jurisdiction over claims between tribe members and nonmembers. 


Criminal prosecutions of tribal members in tribal courts must respect constitutional rights specifically listed in the Indian Civil Rights Act, which also provides for a federal habeas corpus remedy in lieu of federal appellate review. Parties to a civil action that arguably falls within the jurisdiction of a tribal court must first exhaust remedies there before seeking adjudication in a federal court, whether they are both tribal members or not. A dispute over such jurisdiction is ultimately a federal question. 


Idaho's Tribal Courts

• Coeur d' Alene Tribe
•  Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
•  Nez Perce Tribe
•  Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
•  Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

Coeur d'Alene Tribe

P O Box 408

Plummer, ID 83851-9704

(208) 686-1777

Fax: (208) 686-5805


Kootenai Tribe

County Road 38A

P O Box 1269

Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

(208) 267-3519

Fax: (208) 267-2962


Nez Perce Tribe

P O Box 305

Lapwai, ID 83540

(208) 843-2253

Fax: (208) 843-7354


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

P O Box 306

Fort Hall, ID 83203-

(208) 238-3700

Fax: (208) 237-0797


Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

P O Box 637

Blackfoot, ID 99924

(208) 785-7401

Fax: (208) 785-2206