Elders Judiciary Committee

History and Tasks of the Elders Judiciary Committee

• In the summer of 2006 seven elders of the Tribe volunteered to serve on the EJC and work on the development of a tribal court system.
• The EJC were considered Judges during this time and heard the first case in Tribal Court on February 18, 2007.
• The EJC interviewed 7 different attorneys and judges and recommended to the Tribal Council that Judge Rochelle Ducheneaux be appointed to serve as a Contract Judge.

• On October 8, 2008 the Judicial Ordinance developed by the EJC with the help of Attorney Mark Tilden and was presented to Tribal Council and accepted for posting.  On November 22, 2008 the Mashpee Wampanoag Judiciary Ordinance was subject to Public Notice and Comment.  The Tribal Council adopted the Judicial Ordinance on October 7, 2009.

• The Tribe was awarded a TCAP grant for the development of Tribal Court on September

• The EJC managed the two year TCAP grant and developed annual budgets in compliance with the grant.

• Two EJC members trained and served as Court Clerks

• The EJC interviewed Judges and recommended three judges to Tribal Council.

• On August 24, 2009 Henry J. Sockbeson was sworn in as the first Chief Judge of the Mashpee Wampanoag Supreme Court.  Judges Rochelle Ducheneaux and Robert Mills were sworn in as Supreme Court Judges. 

• Two EJC members were hired as Court Administrators.

• The EJC developed the Judicial Advisory Board in compliance with the TCAP grant.

• The EJC planned and implemented a Peacemaker training.

• The Chair of the EJC and Leslie Jonas of Development wrote an ANA SEDS TG grant for the development of infrastructure for the Tribal Judiciary.

• The EJC developed a brochure for Tribal Court and distributed a brochure to all Tribal Households.

• The EJC oversees and manages the ANA SEDS TG grant.

• The EJC developed an itinerary for the BIA visit and planned cultural events.