TEMOAK TRIBE – The Court for the Te-Moak Tribe began hearing cases again today. The last time the court held hearings was March 5.
Judge Bill Kockenmeister presided over approximately 46 cases today ranging from arraignments to trials. News of today’s court cases will be posted at a later date.
The court stopped hearing cases due to the lack of funding to pay the salary of the judge. The Bureau of Indian Affairs paid for the salary of the judge but ran out of funds in March. It was reported at the last Tribal Council meeting that the BIA did have funding for the salary of the judge but then reallocated those funds to another Indian tribe without informing the Te-Moak Tribe.
The next court hearing is scheduled for Friday, May 28.