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History of ICSC working with Torres Martinez

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians initiated the process of developing a Tribal Court in 2003. The Tribe has been working with the Intertribal Court of Southern California to uphold its Children Codes for many years.

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Tribal Sovereignty

Tribal sovereignty refers to the essential right of an Indian Tribe to self-govern over their people and territory.

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Tribal Jurisdiction

The duly elected Tribal Council, in concurrence with its responsibilities and duties to the Tribe's General Council under the Tribe's Constitution, finds the delegation of duties for the establishment of a law enforcement arm of the government a crucial administrative function.

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Indian Civil Rights Act

The establishment of the Tribal Court is outlined in Art. XXII of the Tribe’s Constitution. The judicial power of the Tribe shall be vested in such courts as the General Council may establish from time to time. The General Council may elect to enter into a contractual agreement to participate in an inter-tribal court system to provide judicial services to the Tribe, its members, and others subject to tribal jurisdiction.

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