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An Introduction to Native American Tribal Court


Contact: Rebecca Vandall

Washington, DC – November 9, 2022: The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) released its video, An Introduction to the Native American Tribal Court, to provide an overview of the interworking of a tribal court, its jurisdiction, and its importance to Native American law and culture. The video is the College’s 23rd in its monthly informational series Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future, which is a project of ACTEC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee, funded by The ACTEC Foundation.

The U.S. government officially recognizes 574 Native American tribes and approximately 400 tribal justice systems that are empowered to oversee laws, resolve conflict, and help ensure justice. Judge Joseph Wiseman, Chief Judge of the Tule River Tribal Court, and who presides as the supervising judge of the San Manuel Tribal Court and serves on the Intertribal Court of Southern California, joins ACTEC Fellow Robert Barton to discuss the interworking of a tribal court and explain its jurisdiction and importance to Native American law and culture.

For further information about the Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity series, please visit

About The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national, nonprofit association of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected on the basis of professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration, and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust and tax laws and procedures, and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.

About The ACTEC Foundation:  The ACTEC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel or ACTEC. The Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) that offers education to families and professionals and supports students interested in the trust and estate area of the law. Through continued financial support, The ACTEC Foundation offers professional development, scholarships and education for a number of important efforts, including legal education, educational support, public initiatives, legal publications and the student editorial board.

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