Tlingit & Haida Welcomes New Tribal Appellate Court Administrator
Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) welcomed Kimberly Martus as the Tribe’s new Tribal Appellate Court Administrator.
By the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
JUNEAU, AK (December 13, 2017) – Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) welcomed Kimberly Martus as the Tribe’s new Tribal Appellate Court Administrator.
The newly created position is funded by a grant recently awarded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Tribal Justice Support which is responsible for providing support to tribal justice systems throughout the United States. Working with Tlingit & Haida’s Judiciary Committee and Tribal Court Judges, Kimberly will design, build-capacity, and implement the first unified tribal appellate court system in Southeast Alaska.
“Formation of an appellate court will increase access to justice for tribal citizens and provide for fair and equal administration of tribal justice,” said Presiding Judge Debra O’Gara.
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Tlingit & Haida's new Tribal Apellate Court Administrator Kimberly Martus.
“Development of tribal judiciaries in Alaska is my passion and I am honored and ecstatic about having the opportunity to assist the Tribe with such a progressive and cutting-edge initiative,” said Kimberly.
Kimberly is a member the Tongva Tribe, a descendant of the Cupeno Tribe (coyote clan) and Yaqui Tribes. She grew up in and out of Indian Country and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Studies from Evergreen State College. She is the mother of two grown sons and grandmother of two grandchildren.