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Jurisdiction

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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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Flowchart: Structure of TM Ordinances

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians that its General Council does hereby approve this resolution to adopt an ordinance to formalize the structure of how the Tribe’s ordinances are categorized, which shall be entitled, “Tribal Ordinance Structure and Categorization.”

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Infograph: How To Enact an Ordinance

All regulatory ordinances fall under the inherent sovereign authority of the Tribe to establish regulations and the enforcement of such regulations to protect their people, lands and resources; to administer justice; to promote equality, freedom, self sufficiency, and quality of life; and otherwise safeguard and promote the peace, safety, morals, and general welfare of the Tribe.

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Legislative Process Flowchart

This Flowchart will help you visualize the policy and procedure for the introduction and enactment of new tribal legislation.

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Legislative Process

This document outlines the policy and procedure adopted by the Tribe for introduction and enactment of new tribal legislation.

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