The Law and Justice Department promotes the safety and wellbeing of community members and seeks justice for victims of crime.
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.
- Lapwai: 208-843-7338
- Kamiah: 208-935-2525
The tribal police department works to keep communities safe and reduce crime.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 | email@example.com
- Lapwai: 208-843-7363
- Kamiah: 208-935-4703
This wage determination is subject to change and applies to all contracts within the jurisdiction of the Nez Perce Tribe Title 9 (TERO) unless Davis Bacon prevailing wages are applied to the contract, whichever is higher including apprentice and/or training
- Certified Indian Business Application (PDF, 7 MB)
- TERO Skills Bank Application (PDF, 33 KB)
- TERO Compliance Agreement (PDF, 99 KB)
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
Public Defender’s Office
The Public Defender represents all persons, juvenile and adult, accused of criminal matters in the Nez Perce Tribe Court. We strive to provide full representation throughout a case, to ensure each Tribe member’s civil rights are protected, and to provide information on rights and protections under Nez Perce Tribe Code and the Indian Civil Rights Act.
Contact: (208) 621-3866 | Leslieg@nezperce.org
Carmel McCurdy, Public Defender
Leslie Gilley, Office Specialist
The tribal prosecutor represents the tribe in civil, criminal, and juvenile court cases.
Contact: 208-843-7361 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenton Beckstead, Prosecutor
Krista Cole, Deputy Prosecutor
Del Rae Kipp, Administrative Specialist
Adult & Juvenile Probation
The mission of the Adult and Juvenile Probation Department is to deliver high quality probation service to all eligible clients, encouraging the rehabilitation and recovery of all defendants on probation by following fair, consistent and transparent procedures which are consistent with the historical, cultural and traditional practices of the Nez Perce Tribe.
Contact: Lapwai: 208-621-3518 Kamiah: 208-621-4776| email@example.com
Sara Moffett, Supervisor
Kenneth Bourgeau, Probation Officer II
Keith Kipp Sr., Probation Office I & Community Service Coordinator
Breanne Speas, Juvenile Probation Officer I & Office Specialist