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Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Judicial Codes

Approved: 1998; Last amended: 2004

RESOLUTION # 98 - 41


A RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE COUSHATTA TRIBAL COURT; TO ENACT THE JUDICIAL CODES OF THE COUSHATTA TRIBE OF LOUISIANA AND TO CONFER UPON THE COURT JURISDICTION TO ADJUDICATE TORT CLAIMS ARISING FROM ALLEGED INJURIES OF PATRONS TO THE TRIBAL GAMING FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS.

WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (the "Tribe") is a sovereign Indian Nation, recognized as such by the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana exercises all the power and authority of a sovereign nation that has not been specifically limited Congress; and
WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is empowered by its sovereign status to exercise its Legislative, Executive and Judicial powers; and
WHEREAS, the Coushatta Tribal Council is the duly elected governing body of the Coushatta Tribe; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, the Tribal Council has made a compact with tile State of Louisiana to provide for the economic well-being of the Tribe by casino gambling; and
WHEREAS, the Tribal State Compact requires that the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana adopt reasonable procedures for the disposition of tort claims; and
WHEREAS, the Tribal Council notes that the activities of the Tribe, tribal members and nonmembers engaging in commercial transactions with the Tribe and within tribal jurisdiction clearly warrant the enactment of Judicial Codes to govern the activities within the tribe's jurisdictional territory and the creation of a Coushatta Tribal Court to settle disputes arising within the tribe's jurisdictional territory.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Coushatta Tribal Council hereby establishes the Coushatta Tribal Court and confers jurisdiction on the Court to hear and settle disputes of all kinds arising within the territorial boundaries of the Tribe;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Coushatta Tribal Council hereby enacts the following Judicial Codes and extends the authority of the Coushatta Judicial Codes to include the disposition of tort claims arising from alleged injuries to patrons of the Tribal Casino and other facilities:


TITLE I - COUSHATTA COURT PROCEDURE
TITLE II - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
TITLE III - CRIMINAL OFFENSES
TITLE IV - EXTRADITION
TITLE V - ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
TITLE VI - JUVENILES
TITLE VII - TRAFFIC SAFETY
TITLE VIII - DOMESTIC RELATIONS
TITLE IX - CIVIL PROCEDURE
TITLE X - COUSHATTA TRIBAL TAX CODE


CERTIFICATION

This resolution was duly acted upon by the following Council Members at a meeting held on July 16, 1998 with a quorum present.

                            /s/                            
LOVELIN PONCHO - Chairman

                            /s/                            
HORACE WILLIAMS - Vice Chairman

                            /s/                            
WINSTON JOHN
                            /s/                            
LEONARD BATTISE
                            /s/                            
SANFORD ROBINSON
 

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