Anita Dupris, a member of the Colville Tribes and graduate of Gonzaga Law School, is Chief Justice of the Colville Tribes’ Court of Appeals. She served ten years as Chief Judge of the Colville Tribal Court, and is currently on her seventeenth year as Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals. She served a five-year term as Chief Judge of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians in Connecticut, helping the Tribe set up its Court system. Chief Justice Dupris has presided pro tem at both trial and appellate levels in 14 tribal court systems in the Northwest. She has presented nationally, regionally, and locally on several legal topics affecting Indian people over the last 30 years, to both the legal and lay communities. Gonzaga University awarded her the Distinguished Judicial Services Award in 1999. She was the first woman and first tribal judge to be given the award. Dupris is also an adjunct professor at Gonzaga Law School, teaching a class on the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.
Fred W. Gabourie, Sr., has served as the Co-Chair of the Idaho Tribal-State Court Forum. He brings a wealth of experience including serving as: a State Court Judge in California, Prosecutor for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Chief Judge of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, former City Attorney for Township of Worley, Idaho, and Special Judge of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe. Judge Gabourie has over three decades of experience working with Tribal Nations, federal courts, and state courts. He has served as a contributing author to several benchbooks including: “The Tribal Court Benchbook on Child Support Enforcement and Related Laws” (Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association) and “The Tribal Court Benchbook” (State of Idaho).
Cynthia Jordan, is the current Chief Judge of the Kootenai Tribal Court and Judge of the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court. She has her J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law. Judge Jordan serves on the Washington State board of directors for the ACLU( since 1995) and on the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission. She has served on the Spokane County Board of Directors for ARC assisting with issues related to citizens with disabilities. This semester she is working with the Coeur d’Alene CASA coordinator to train University of Idaho law students as CASA volunteers to work on cases before the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court for their Pro Bono requirement.
Julie Kane graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, worked for several years, married, had a child, then returned to school at the University of Idaho College of Law. She graduated in 1989 took the Washington Bar exam and went to work at the Washington Attorney General’s Office in Vancouver, Washington. In 1992, Julie returned to this area, passed the Idaho bar, and went to work for the Nez Perce Tribe as a staff attorney. In 2000, she became the Managing Attorney. There are currently five attorneys in the in-house legal office. She is married and has two grown children. Julie is enrolled in the Eastern Band Cherokee in North Carolina.
Wendy J. Olson was sworn in on June 25, 2010 as United States Attorney for the District of Idaho. She joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in March of 1997, and was serving as its Senior Litigation Counsel at the time of her appointment as U.S. Attorney. As an Assistant United States Attorney for 13 years, she prosecuted white collar crime, crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children and criminal civil rights violations. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Olson was a trial attorney in the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. for four and a half years. She also served as assistant to the legal director of the National Church Arson Task Force. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Olson served as a law clerk for United States Chief District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle from 1990-1992. Ms. Olson was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1982. Ms. Olson graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a B.A. in news/editorial journalism in 1986 and from Stanford Law School in Stanford, California, with a J.D. in 1990. Ms. Olson is married to Craig Kreiser; they have two daughters, Abby, 12, and Olivia, 9, and two black labs, Gus and Lola.
Mary L. Pearson was admitted to practice in Oregon in 1978, in Idaho in 1981, and in Washington State in 1996. She graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in 1973 and from Willamette University with a J.D. in 1976. She has served as a Tribal Court Judge from 1989 to the present for various tribes in the Northwest, including the Chief Judge for the Spokane Tribe from October 1996 to February 2002, and for the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe from October 2004 to August 30, 2009. In addition, Judge Pearson has sat as an appellate justice for a number of tribes in the northwest and is currently an appellate justice for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at Fort Hall, Idaho. Prior to becoming a judge, Pearson was in private practice in Oregon and then Idaho and she has returned to a limited practice in the Spokane, Washington area. She is a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother.
Jane M. Smith is the Chief Justice of the Tulalip Tribal Court of Appeals, being appointed in 2002. She works full-time as the Administrator/Law Clerk for the Colville Tribal Court of Appeals, a position she has held since 1997. Her judicial experience spans 17 years in several different Tribal courts: Spokane Tribal Court (pro tem), Quinault Tribal Court (pro tem and appellate), Suquamish Appellate Court, Colville Tribal Court (magistrate), Northwest Intertribal Court System (appellate and pro tem), Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court (appellate and pro tem) and Puyallup Tribal Court (appellate and pro tem). She is currently the temporary Chief Justice of the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals. Justice Smith is a past president of the National American Indian Court Clerks Association. She has conducted trainings on tribal court systems throughout the United States. Based on her varied experience and expertise, Justice Smith has participated in the evaluations of several tribal court systems. She has 31 years total experience in tribal courts. Justice Smith served as a lay member on the Practice of Law Board from 2001 through 2009 and is on the Gender & Justice Commission for the State of Washington. Both positions are Supreme Court appointments. She is the Tribal representative for the State Fall Judicial Conference Planning Committee, which ensures that Tribal Courts have input into the training sessions selected for the conference attended by all the levels of the judiciary in Washington.
brings a wealth of experience to the position of Director of the American Indian Law Program and Clinical Professor of the American Indian Law Clinic. A graduate of the University of Maine Law School, she is admitted to practice in the States of Maine, Connecticut, and Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court and three tribal courts. She has more than twenty years of experience with federal Indian and tribal law garnered through her legal practice, service as a Chief Judge with the Mashantucket Pequot and Passamaquoddy Tribal Courts, and as Appellate Justice with the Mashantucket Pequot, Passamaquoddy, and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi courts of appeal. Professor Tompkins taught at the National Judicial College, and for several years successfully organized and taught in the annual National Tribal Judicial Conference sponsored by the National American Indian Court Judges Association. She was the first female President of the National American Indian Court Judges Association. She is widely recognized for her expertise in the application of the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act.
Tom Tremaine is the Presiding Judge of the Kalispel Tribal Court. Prior to his appointment to the Court, Tom had 25 years experience as an attorney with Spokane Legal Services Center and Northwest Justice Project representing the interests of children, adults and Tribes in tribal, state, and federal courts. Tom has presented trainings on Indian child welfare and other topics for the National Congress of American Indians, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington State CASA, and at Washington’s annual Children’s Justice Conference. Judge Tremaine is also on the adjunct faculty at Gonzaga University School of Law.
Traci J. Whelan
is an Assistant United States Attorney and the Branch Chief for the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho office. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Law College in 1991 and has been involved in public service since then. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho she was a Deputy Prosecutor in Kootenai County, Idaho. Traci handles criminal prosecutions on behalf of the United States. She is the tribal liaison for the United States Attorney’s Office and the Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce and Kootenai Tribes in Idaho. During her tenure as a prosecutor, she has prosecuted everything from traffic tickets to murder cases. Her recent prosecutions include United States v. Steele
and being part of the three person team which handled United States v. Joseph Edward Duncan, III
. She is a member of Idaho State Bar Professional Conduct Board and received the Attorney General Award for Excellent in Law Enforcement in 2009. Traci believes she has the best job in the world.
Mitchell C. Wright currently serves as Chief Judge for the Ely Shoshone Tribe. He is in his third year of a four year Elected Term. In addition, Judge Wright is the Senior Partner in the law firm of Wright, Humke & Associates serving as General Counsel to several tribes. Prior to his current projects, Judge Wright has served as Tribal Judge to several Tribes beginning in 1995. In connection with his commitment to improving the quality of tribal judicial systems, Judge Wright was the founder of the National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Judge Wright has practiced before the United States District Court for the District of Nevada on several cases that were heard in both tribal and federal courts including the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. These include Nevada v. Hicks, Eagle v. Yerington Paiute Tribe and Winnemucca Colony Council v. Wasson.