Pawnee Nation Court

The Constitution and By-Laws of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma provide for the establishment of a Law and Order and Judicial System to "protect peace, safety, health and welfare of the members of the Pawnee Tribe."

The Pawnee Nation District Court implements court services for the judicial needs and administration of justice regarding criminal, civil, and juvenile matters; for members of the Pawnee Nation and other individuals that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.  The Pawnee Nation District Court presides over these matters rendering final orders or judgments.

The District Court

Chief Judge:   Shelly L. Harrison

Assoc. Judge:     Phil Lujan

Prosecutor:   Vacant

Public Defender:  Cynthia Burlison

The Pawnee Nation Supreme Court hears appeals resulting from all final orders or judgments that have been issued by the District Court. 

The Supreme Court Justices meet once a year to review, hear and render decisions of appeals; and to oversee operations of the District Court.  Each Supreme Court Justice serves an eight (8) year term.

photo: Judge Phil Lujan

Supreme Court Justices

Chief Justice:  Mark Echohawk

Justice:            Gregory Smith

Justice:            Chad Harsha

Justice:            Kyle Haskins

Justice:   John Chapman Young was selected by the PNBC on 08/20/18 to fill the vacant Justice position. He will be sworn in at the annual PNSC meeting on October 1, 2018.

SC Justices are from left to right, Justice Chad Harsha, Justice Mark EchoHawk, Chief Justice is currently Mark Echohawk, Justice Gregory Smith, and Justice Angel Smith has resigned.

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The Pawnee Nation District Court is located at

700 Agency Road, Building #33
Pawnee, Oklahoma 74058

For more information, please contact Brandi Johnson,
Court Clerk. We currently do not have a Deputy Court Clerk.

Court Clerk, Brandi Johnson 

Pawnee Nation District Court
bjohnson@pawneenation.org
Office:  (918) 762-3011
Fax:  (918) 762-3230

Mailing Address:

Pawnee Nation District Court
P. O. Box 28
Pawnee, OK 74058

Pawnee Nation Court
The Constitution and By-Laws of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma provide for the establishment of a Law and Order and Judicial System to "protect peace, safety, health and welfare of the members of the Pawnee Tribe."

The Pawnee Nation District Court implements court services for the judicial needs and administration of justice regarding criminal, civil, and juvenile matters; for members of the Pawnee Nation and other individuals that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. The Pawnee Nation District Court presides over these matters rendering final orders or judgments.

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The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma has an agreement with the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, Tribal Child Support Enforcement program to provide child support services to all Pawnee Nation members.  The Tribal Child Support Enforcement program can assist members with all facets of child support.  Whether it be establishing paternity through DNA testing, or establishing a child support order through the Pawnee Tribal Court, and then enforcing that child support order, they are ready to help. Tribal Child Support staff attend all court hearings, be it civil or child support, and are ready to assist Pawnee members with their child support matters, or to just answer your questions about tribal child support.  An application for services can be obtained at the Pawnee Tribal Court, or by calling the Tribal Child Support Enforcement offices at 1-888-540-1501