Tribal Courts

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

As the Ojibwe reclaimed their rights to hunt, fish, and gather on the ceded territories, they needed a system of laws, checks, and balances in order to both protect their resources and enforce the law. Soon other tribes followed suit, and soon co-equal systems of justice existed side by side with their Wisconsin counterparts...


Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. "Tribal Courts." ENGAGE: State - Tribal - Local Government video series. Produced for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board by Wisconsin Public Television. 2010. Documentary. (, accessed December 9, 2014)

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