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Benjamin Clyde Bennett, Jr.

Edward delaHoussaye
Chief Appellate Judge

Thomas Bienvenu
Appellate Judge

Scott Brame
Appellate Judge

Thomas Papale

Christy Smith
Clerk of Court


Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Court Function:

The primary function of the court is to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana by applying the Code of Civil Procedure. 


The Judge is responsible for reviewing all claims, civil and criminal within his jurisdiction.  He is also responsible for scheduling court dates for these matters to be heard and making a decision on the claims once they have been heard.

Appellate Court:

The Appellate Court is responsible for reviewing all decisions made by the Judge only by appeal of either party. 


The Prosecutor is responsible for representing the Tribe in all criminal misdemeanor cases involving Native Americans who commit crimes on the reservation.

Clerk of Court:

The duties and responsibilities of the Clerk of Court are to assist the public coming into the Tribal Court.  Answer all telephone calls.  Document and assign case numbers to all cases filed, certify and forward copies of all legal documents filed, prepare subpoenas, citations, orders, judgments, etc. for Tribal Court.  Maintain complete and accurate records of the court.  Schedule all status conferences, pre-trial conferences and hearing dates between all parties.  The Clerk is also responsible for recording all trials/hearings held in Tribal Court.

Upcoming Meetings / Events
August 14, 2010 CERC-Marksville, LA

September 11, 2010 CERC-Marksville, LA

Tribal News .......
Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Honored as 'Louisiana Legend'

Chairman Earl Barbry Sr. of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe was honored as a 2006 Louisiana Legend as the longest term in office in Native Country ... Read More

Council Reviews Trust Programs

Tribal officials met with
legal and financial experts on
February 27th during their regular executive session...

Criminal Activity Policies Developed

In January 2007, the
Tribal Council adopted the
Code of Ordinances for residing
on the reservation and on
tribal lands...

Maintenance Requirement of Reservation

The tribe’s Housing
Authority requires that existing
homeowners or future homeowners for those planning to build on the reservation must maintain the lots where they reside or will reside...

Indian Preference To Be Secured by Tribal Law

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Council is nearing completion of a tribal employment rights ordinance. Work on the document began over two years ago, and was postponed periodically from time to time as other issues became the focus of the Council’s attention. ...

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