Pawnee Nation Court

Based upon Governor Stitt’s most recent update, the Pawnee Nation District Court Judge and the Chief Justice have decided that the court will remain “open” full time with a closed-door policy. The court will take only emergency filings via email (, or if necessary, the party may call in and leave the documents on the porch, and once they return to their vehicle, I will sanitize and pick up the documents and file them. 
Emergencies are to include: Protection from Abuse orders and Emergency custody/placement orders through VAW. 
All other filings not deemed emergencies will be advised to file once the court is open to full capacity based on CDC/Governor Stitt/Emergency Management of Pawnee Nation’s advisement. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the Judges of the Pawnee Nation District Court have opted to postpone any cases not deemed emergent. 

All non-emergent cases set for Judge Harrison’s Docket on April 24, 2020, is postponed to June 26, 2020, at 1:30 pm.

Judge Gore’s Docket scheduled for May 1, 2020, Docket is postponed to July 10, 2020

If your case has been deemed emergent, your court case will be heard via teleconferencing by using the Zoom application. 

You will get notified by either phone, mail, or email if your case has been deemed emergent.

If you are not able to use the Zoom application and need to utilize the court for that service, please call us at 918-762-3621 Extension 141 or by email:, and we will make those services available to you during your case time and sanitize between parties as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach Court Clerk, Freida G. Pratt, by email ( or phone, 918-762-3621 Ext. 141.


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:     Matthew Gore

Prosecutor:   Shandi Campbell

Public Defender:  Jon Carter

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:  Assoc. Judge: Matthew Gore (Left), and Chief Judge of the District Court: Shelly L. Harrison (Right)


Supreme Court Justices

Chief Justice:  Gregory Smith

Justice:   Chad Harsha

Justice:   Mark EchoHawk

Justice:   Kyle Haskins

Justice:   John Chapman Young

Supreme Court Justices from left to right:
Justice, Kyle Haskins; Justice, Mark EchoHawk; Chief Justice, Gregory Smith; Justice, Chad Harsha; and Justice, John Chapman Young. 


The Pawnee Nation District Court is located at

700 Agency Road, Building #33
Pawnee, Oklahoma 74058

For more information, please contact Freida G. Pratt,
Court Clerk, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. 

Court Clerk, Freida G. Pratt

Pawnee Nation District Court
Office:  (918) 762-3621 Ext. 141
Fax:  (918) 762-3230

Mailing Address:

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


PDF - Docket Schedule


PDF - Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma Law and Order Code


Forms / Documents (PDFs)

Application for Temporary Emergency Custody and Hearing Date

Application for Visitation

Fee Schedule

Limited Power of Attorney

Marriage License Application

Divorce Petition

Divorce Wavier

Name Change Application

Pauper's Affidavit

Petition for Adoption

Petition for Protective Order

Petition for Restraining Order

PN Bar Application


Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule

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