CPN court staff key to protecting Tribal sovereignty

The CPN District Court oversees criminal, civil, Indian Child Welfare and juvenile proceedings under the direction of Chief District Judge Philip Lujan and Associate District Judges Robert Wiley and William Davis. A small group of talented behind-the-scenes staff members ensure the court carries out its duties.

Report on two Native nation-focused issues before the U.S. Supreme Court

This article is submitted by CPN Tribal Legislator Eva Marie Carney and appears as it did in the Women’s Bar Association of D.C. April newsletter. As a Native American woman and lawyer who follows tribal sovereignty and constitutional law  developments, as well as initiatives to deter intimate partner violence, two cases pending before the U.S. Read More »

City must grant CPN hearing on detachment

  A Pottawatomie County judge ruled Dec. 19, 2014 that the Shawnee City Commission must grant Citizen Potawatomi Nation a public hearing on its Sept. 10, 2014 detachment request. The Tribe requested formal detachment of Tribal land after city officials, in an attempt to collect a municipal sales tax, claimed CPN’s properties lay inside its Read More »

Tribal Judge Phil Lujan honored for time in the court room

When an email arrives requesting a decades-old article be found where an individual is referred to as “the hammer of justice,” a certain interest is piqued. This reference centered on the career of CPN Chief District Judge Phil Lujan, who was recently recognized by two separate organizations for his service to the law in Indian Read More »