Tribal Court


The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate court was created by the Oyate’s Constitution to resolve disputes involving Tribal members and non-members and to provide a forum for the prosecution of those persons who commit crimes on the Lake Traverse Indian reservation. Maintaining our civil jurisdiction, we are recognized by the State and Federal Government. Jury trials, juvenile court, child support, custody, and all other legal matters are adjudicated. The goal of the Court is to provide due process to all persons that come before it and to resolve disputes as efficiently as possible using Tribal laws, customs and traditions.

Contact Information:

Agency Village, SD 57262






PO Box 568, Agency Village, SD 57262

Program Information:
Program Manager:

BJ Jones

Service Hours:

8:00am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday

Eligibility Requirements:

Any person may utilize the Tribal Court.

Program Events:

Staff meetings every Wednesday at noon.

Tribal Codes:

Chapter 34C_ChildSupportAct_Amended 12-2017
Chapter 34A_UniformParentageAct_Amended 12-2017

For your convenience, below are the forms that can be downloaded:

Affidavit and Application for temporary restraining order and complaint
Criminal Complaint Form
Divorce Complaint
Fee Waiver
Information for Alcohol Commitment
Information for Mental Health Commitment
Information for Petition for Adoption
Information for petition for Guardianship
Information for Termination of Parental Rights
Motion for Review Hearing
Motion for Show Cause Hearing
Motion for Temp Relief During Pendency of Action for Divorce
Petition for Change of Name
Petition for Ex Parte and Permanent Protection Order
Petition for Guardianship
Petition for Personal Representative
Petition for Temporary – Permanent Custody
Statement of Claim


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