Tribal Court, established in 1986, ensures the efficient and fair administration of justice while honoring the customs, history and traditions of our people.
The court has jurisdiction over all lands and waters customarily and traditionally used by the Dena’ina people and over all tribal members enrolled or eligible for enrollment. It serves both tribal members and non-members through a petition and resolution process.
Hearings are conducted in a culturally appropriate manner with a panel of judges, including at least one tribal Elder, or through a collaborative Circle process.
Court participants are treated with dignity and respect and communicate directly with the judge hearing their case. Participants are encouraged to speak from the heart, with honesty and respect, because their perspectives are valued.
We opened a new tribal courthouse in 2015 across the parking lot from the Dena’ina Wellness Center.
The court hears a wide range of cases, including:
- Child protection
- Voluntary relinquishment and involuntary termination of parent rights
- Tribal adoption
- Child custody
- Domestic violence
- Marriage, divorce and annulments
- Protection for Elders and vulnerable adults
- Conservatorship and guardianship
Contact – Location – Hours
508 Upland St. (next to the Dena’ina Wellness Center)
Kenai, AK 99611
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday