The Law and Justice Department promotes the safety and wellbeing of community members and seeks justice for victims of crime.

Tribal Court

The Nez Perce Tribal Court handles criminal, civil, juvenile, and domestic cases. A public defender is on staff to represent tribal citizens in criminal cases.

Contact:

  • Lapwai: 208-621-3868
  • Kamiah: 208-935-2525

Police Department

The tribal police department works to keep communities safe and reduce crime.

Contact:

  • Lapwai: 208-621-4809
  • Kamiah: 208-935-4107
  • Whitcom Dispatch: 
    • Lapwai: 208-843-5214
    • Kamiah: 208-935-7777

You can also report concerns or tips by emailing police@nezperce.org

Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)

TERO ensures that Nez Perce citizens have their rightful share of employment, training, and other economic opportunities. By applying Indian preference, TERO increases employment among tribal citizens.

Contact: Melvin Wheeler
208-621-3714 | melvinw@nezperce.org

  • Lapwai: 208-843-7363
  • Kamiah: 208-935-4703

Child Support Enforcement

To protect the wellbeing of children, the Nez Perce Child Support Enforcement Program helps ensure children are supported by both parents. Based on cultural values and the tribal code, the program helps to reach agreements on child support. The program also assists with:

  • Locating the other parent
  • Paternity testing
  • Beginning the legal process to receive child support payments
  • Enforcing child support orders
  • Changing current child support orders

Contact: Jeanette Moody
208-843-7362 | jeanettep@nezperce.org

Prosecutor’s Office

The tribal prosecutor represents the tribe in civil, criminal, and juvenile court cases. 

Contact: 208-843-7361 | delraek@nezperce.org

Staff:

Kenton Beckstead- Prosecutor

Del Rae Kipp- Administrative Specialist

Tribal Gaming Commission

The Nez Perce Tribal Gaming Commission regulates the tribe’s gaming enterprises to ensure honesty and fairness. In addition to implementing regulations, the commission:

  • Issues gaming licenses
  • Screens gaming employees
  • Oversees the compliance and auditing of gaming operations

Contact: Liz Minkey
208-621-4744 | lizm@nezperce.org

Fish and Wildlife Commission

The Nez Perce Fish and Wildlife Commission develops principles, tribal code, and policies to protect and enhance the tribe’s natural resources. The commission also provides salmon to Nez Perce citizens for ceremonial uses and subsistence.

Application to request ceremonial salmon (PDF, 108 KB)

Contact: Nancy McAllaster
208-843-9376 | nancymac@nezperce.org