The Nooksack Tribal Council originators for the 1-800-GET DISENROLLED phone line created a Nooksack Tribal Supreme Court on Thursday, Oct. 6, according to court filings, and it appears Chairman and Clown Car Driver Bob Kelly is the chief justice of the court.
|Head Clown Bob Kelly|
When asked twice whether he was the chief justice, Kelly said he could not comment. Messages to the Nooksack Court office seeking the names of the justices were not immediately returned Wednesday, Oct. 12. The justices’ signatures, including what appears to be Kelly’s, appear on an order dated Oct. 7.
The creation of the tribe’s Supreme Court comes after a series of apparent disagreements this year between the tribe’s leadership and court system in connection with cases involving roughly 300 people who have been facing disenrollment from the tribe since 2012.
Those facing disenrollment call themselves the Nooksack 306. Tribe gets restraining order against appeals court On Sept. 30, the tribe asked for a preliminary injunction against the Northwest Intertribal Court System in Nooksack Tribal Court. The NICS has provided a three-judge panel to make up the Nooksack Tribal Court of Appeals in recent years.
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