Tribal Court Contact

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Court: 

(Main) 405-422-7450

(FAX) 405-422-8259


Paul Fuentes: 405-422-7760

Attorney General:

Albert Ghezzi: 405-422-7414


Theresa Faris: 405-422-7119


El Reno: 405-262-4814

Anadarko: 405-247-6712

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History of the Trial Court

Before, 1934, the Tribes utilized their own system of settling disputes. Many offenses were solved by the offending family surrendering a material object, such as horses to the victimized family. Violent offenses involving murder often resulted in expulsion from the Tribes.

Records indicate that as of 1979 the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes began emulating modern day Western style court systems in compliance with the Federal Offenses Court.

Presently, the Trial Court of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes is located in Concho, OK. Tribal jurisdiction expands across nine counties: Dewey, Custer, Washita, Roger Mills, and Blaine, Canadian, Kingfisher, Beckham, and Ellis counties, totaling approximately 8,996 square miles of land. The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes administer their own District Trial Court, through a P.L. 93-638 contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and have done so since 1988. The Trial Court hears criminal, civil, marriage, divorce, guardianship, adoption, juvenile, delinquency, mental health, and probate matters.

Mission Statement:

The Mission Statement of the Trial Court of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe is to provide a fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and Law and Order Code of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

Trial Court Objectives:

Objective 1: To establish and conduct a tribal court and to exercise lawful jurisdiction over offenders within the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Jurisdiction boundaries.
Objective 2: To establish sound relations with state and county courts to obtain recognition of tribal court decisions by entering into formal agreements.
Objective 3: To perform judicial review function of tribal laws.
Objective 4: To review progress at six and twelve months intervals and revise court procedures and rules of the court as deemed necessary for tribal court needs and responsibilities.

Additional Resources:

Attorney General’s Office
(405) 422-7855
Public Defender’s Office
Probation Office
Indian Child Welfare
George Hawkins Treatment Center
The Oklahoman Indian Legal Services
Modoc Tribal Child Support Enforcement
Main: 580-436-3419
Fax: 405-382-1512
BIA Law Enforcement

A lawyer can help you understand you legal rights and responsibilities, and explain how the law applies to your case. Court staff can help you with questions about court forms and the court process, but cannot give you legal advice. For legal advice or assistance, please contact the Attorney General’s Office or the Public Defender’s Office.

Courtroom Rules & Protocols

  • NO shorts, tank tops, cut offs, or any other type of revealing clothing allowed. You will be asked to wait outside the courtroom or will be required to change your clothes. . 
  • NO food or beverages 
  • NO children allowed unless the Judge has permitted their appearance. 
  • NO CELLPHONES unless used as evidence during your hearing (i.e. picture, voice-mail or text message). 
  • NO hats/caps or sunglasses shall be worn inside courtroom. 
  • NO talking unless you are addressing the Judge or testifying as a witness. 
  • NO contact with inmates if present in courtroom. This includes hand gestures, eye contact or verbal. If contact is made, YOU will be escorted from the courtroom.

Trial Court of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
700 Black Kettle Blvd.
P.O. Box 102
Concho, OK 73022
Phone: 405-422-7450
Fax: 405-422-8259

Trial Court of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

Probation Office

"Promoting Public Safety & Developing Positive Change in Offender Behavior"

Community Service Login Sheet
Meeting Attendance (CA, AA, NA, Sweat)

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes’ probation department is to promote public safety and develop positive change in offender behavior by improving their ability to live productively and lawfully.

The Probation Officer will supervise offenders in the community in a professional and ethical manner. The primary goals of community supervision are to safeguard the protection of the public and to rehabilitate the offender.

Probation Supervision:

As a result of a conviction for a criminal offense, the court may places offenders on supervised probation. The judge will order that offender spend a specific amount of time on probation while complying with certain conditions. These conditions have been ordered to assist in improving the offender’s behavior and to ensure the safety of the community. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in a violation hearing before the court and may have consequence such as prison time.

Upon case assignment the Probation Officer will meet with the offender in his or her home or in the probation office to conduct an offender orientation interview. The orientation process is a structured interview where the offender will be advised of the expectations for supervision. The Probation Officer and the offender can discuss strategies for successful completion of probation and also potential problems or barriers.

The Probation Officer will discuss the rules and conditions of probation as well as any other special conditions of probation that have been ordered by the Court.
The most important condition of all is the contact and communication between an offender and their probation officer.

Rules & Conditions of Probation:

The intent of the following is to assist you with a general overview of rules & conditions, for complete lists please refer to the Rules & Conditions of Probation document made available during orientation.

  • Possess no firearms or any other deadly weapons 
  • Report to the Probation Officer as directed 
  • Submit a written monthly supervision report 
  • Warrantless searches 
  • Prompt response to Court summons 
  • Report any change of address and do not leave the State of Oklahoma without permission 
  • Seek and maintain employment and inform on any changes in your employment status 
  • Obey all Federal, State, Tribal, County criminal laws and City ordinances 
  • You may not unlawfully possess, use, sell or distribute controlled substances of any kind 
  • Notify any new arrest within 72 hours 
  • Do not associate with any person having a criminal record unless specifically authorized to do so 
  • Pay court costs, fines, attorney fees & restitution as ordered

Trial Court of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Probation Office

700 Black Kettle Blvd.
P.O. Box 102
Concho, OK 73022

Court Phone: 405-422-7450
Probation Phone: 405-422-7760 

Fax: 405-422-8259

On the 4th day of April 2006, a revised Constitution was ratified by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and accepted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. VIII of the Constitution comprises the Judicial Branch consisting of a Supreme Court, Trial Court and Judicial Commission.

The Supreme Court is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices.

The Chief Justice:     Daniel G. Webber

Associate Justice:     Richard Goralewicz

Associate Justice:     John G. Ghostbear

The Trial Court is composed of the Chief Judge, Associate Judge and other Associate Judges, Court Clerk, Deputy Court Clerk, Attorney General, Public Defender and Probation Officer.

The Chief Judge:      Vacant

The Associate Judge:   Michael Belanger

Associate Judge:      Lisa Otipoby-Herbert

Associate Judge:      Charles Schindler

Court Clerk:      Edwina Whiteman

Deputy Court Clerk:      Ricque Richardson

Interim Attorney General:      Albert Ghezzi

Assistant Attorney General :  Vacant

Public Defender:      Kelley Harris

Oklahoma Indian Legal Services: Jack Elsey

Probation Officer:      Paul Fuentes

SORNA Technical Assistant: Theresa Faris

The Judicial Commission consists of five members.

Chairperson:     Vacant

Vice Chairperson:     Vacant

Member:     Vacant

Member:     Vacant

Member:     Vacant

Projects to be implemented;

Construction of Courthouse:  A committee was established to construct a state of the art tribal courthouse. Plans are being developed and construction will soon begin to provide needed space and to better serve tribal members.

Automation of Court Records:  Through the Kellpro System, tribal court records are being automated for access by tribal members and the general public.  Records for 2008 to date are being finalized.  Records from the time the court has been in existence, approximately 20 years, will be added to the system.  The Trial Court records for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes will be the second Tribe in Oklahoma to be automated.

Wellness Court:  Court personnel and Tribal representatives have received extensive national training for the establishing of a Wellness Court to deal with addiction for both juveniles and adults. With or without a Department of Justice grant, it is anticipated a Wellness Court will be operational in the next fiscal year.

January through June 2009 statistics.

The Trial Court's Chief Judge has heard 618 cases on 4 dockets as follows:

Civil Docket: 170 cases of this total 41 were Dissolution of Marriage or Divorce.
Criminal Docket 125 cases.
Juvenile Docket: 90 cases of this total 4 were adoptions.
Guardianship Docket: 233 cases included are 3 month, 6 month and annual
Marriage Ceremonies Performed: 12