Northwest Intertribal Court System
Working for the good of tribes in the Northwest
The NICS Executive Director along with the Administrative unit handles the day-to-day operation of the organization, including all fiscal matters. All NICS employees report to and are under the supervision of the Executive Director.
NICS has helped establish and stabilize court structures at a critical time for the exercise of tribal rights here in the Northwest and throughout the United States. Under the direction of the NICS Board of Directors, the recognition of the importance of autonomous justice systems on reservations has been broadened. NICS provision of direct court services to member tribes has enabled a number of the tribes to conduct their own courts where previously they had not been able to do so.
Tribal justice systems are in their formative stages. It is important that Indian Nations develop their own justice systems tailored to needs of the tribal members. With the help of the Northwest Intertribal Court System, Indian tribes in Western Washington and the Northwest Region are achieving a major goal of tribal self-determination: individual tribal justice systems developed for their people, by their people.
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