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P. O. BOX 217

FORT WASHAKIE, WYOMING 82514 307-332-6625 FAX: 307-332-4557

POSITION:  Associate Judges

SALARY:  Depending on Experience

SUPERVISOR:  The incumbent is under the general supervision of the Chief Judge



Serves as hearing Judge for the Wind River Tribal Court in accordance with the Law and Order Code. The term of the Associate Judge shall be perpetual, as set forth in the Law and Order Code. Judges serve by appointment of the Tribal Councils.

Judges will be placed on the ballot for retention every two (2) years initial appointments are to be made so that one expires every two years of the calendar year.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Hears cases brought before the court of jury, including but not limited to all civil and criminal cases.

2. Determine the meaning, interpretation and application of the Shoshone and Arapaho Law and Order Code and where appropriate, other authorities, as applicable in specific cases.

3. Issue subpoenas compelling the attendance of witnesses at proceedings

4. Issues search warrants and warrants to apprehend pursuant to the Tribe’s rules governing criminal procedure.

5. Determine the amount of bail/bond to be posted.

6. Issues any order or writ necessary and proper to the complete exercise of the powers and the general authority of the court, including those necessary to compel compliance with orders of the court and to punish person for failure to comply.

7. Conducts legal research and writing.

8. Will act as Chief Judge in the absence of the Chief Judge.

9. Will represent the court in meetings, conferences, training and seminars.

10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities   None


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required..

Education and/or Experience

Must have at minimum Bachelors from an accredited college or university. Experience with tribal courts and the enforcement of laws. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience in writing a variant of court related documents. Must have knowledge and understanding of court room procedures.

Other Skills and Abilities

To be eligible to serve as Tribal Judge of the Tribal Court, person must:

1. Be at least 30 years of age

2. Never been convicted of a felony crime

3. Has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime within one (1) year period immediately before his/her appointment

4. Has not received a dishonorable discharge from Armed Forces of the United States of America. 5. Must successfully complete an examination covering the laws of the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes of the Wind River Reservation.

6. Has successfully completed training for the position as a Tribal Judge

7. Must be an enrolled member of either the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Northern Arapaho Tribe, or any other federally recognized Native American Tribe.

Must be able to pass a background check. Must pass a drug test prior to employment

Knowledge of Tribal and Federal laws applicable to the Tribal Court.

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Knowledge and understanding of courtroom procedures

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to apply:

Complete Northern Arapaho Tribal Application form and submit to N.A.T. Human Resources: P.O. Box 396, Ft. Washakie, WY 82514 or submit in person to Human Resource Box located at location in back of 789 Truck Stop (10369 State Highway 789, Riverton, Wyoming.)

You can also apply online at and click on Job Postings and scroll to bottom of jobs to apply online. For more information call 307-332-2499 or fax to: 307-335-3596

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