All Dockets Passed to May and Court Filing Counters Closed

The court clerk counters shall be closed effective immediately. All filings shall be submitted via email, facsimile, and or United Stated Postal Service. Parties and counsel shall look to the District Rules of Cherokee Nation Rules 1, 2, and 3 for guidance. (Supreme Court Rules 22, 23, and 24)

The regular District Court Friday dockets for March and April are hereby continued as follows:

March 20, 2020 continued to May 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

March 27, 2020 continued to May 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 3, 2020 continued to May 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 9, 2020 continued to May 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 17, 2020 continued to May 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM, and

April 24, 2020 continued to May 22, 2020 at 1:00PM.

The regular District Court Child Support docket for April is hereby continued from April 14, 2020 to May 19, 2020.

This order is subject to extension or modification as necessitated by this emergency.

For more information, please call court staff at (918) 207-3900.

SC-AD-20-01 Order Regarding the COVID-19

Justice Ralph F. Keen

 An Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Keen was actively involved in Native American affairs since receiving his Bachelor of Arts in History from Northeastern state University. He served as Executive Director of the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada and the Director for the Bureau of Indian Services at the University of Utah. In 1972 Keen received his law degree from the University of Tulsa, where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. The former Business Manager of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma was one of the original Justices of the new Cherokee Court, being appointed by Principal Chief Ross Swimmer in 1977. In 1978 the Tribal Council named him the first Chief Justice of the Judicial Appeals Tribunal. Keen was again appointed to the bench in 1990 by Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller.

Biographical information taken from “The First Fifteen Years of the Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal” written by George N. Otey, III in 1990