The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Court system is designed to provide enforcement of tribal laws, equal justice to all and protection of tribal sovereignty.
The court initially functioned as the Court of Indian Offences for western Oklahoma beginning in 1978 and became the CPN Tribal Court in 1985.
Its caseload has expanded consistently each year to meet the needs of tribal members, tribal employees, other Native Americans and non-Indian litigants.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Court is comprised of a three district court judges, seven supreme court justices and two
prosecutors. All judges and justices are law trained and are recognized as accomplished, well qualified and experienced individuals.

In the summer of 2016, the CPN Supreme Court marked a new milestone. For the first time ever, all sitting justices were members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The Hownikan spoke to each justice about their background and motivation in joining the tribe‚Äôs highest judicial office. Their responses have been lightly edited for clarity.

Justices of the Supreme Court, Angela Renee Riley, Chief Justice, Robert Coulter, Associate Justice, Robert Coffey, Associate Justice, James G. White, Associate Justice, Jane Braugh, Associate Justice, G. William Rice, Associate Justice, Glenn Dale Carter, Associate Justice, Judges of the District Court, Philip D. Lujan, Chief District Judge, Roger Wiley, Associate District Judge, William R. Davis, Associate District Judge

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