The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court will now recognize judgments made in state court and other tribal courts.
“In exchange, South Dakota’s Unified Judicial System will recognize and honor judgments made in Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court.
Tribal Rule 23, which allows the Standing Rock court to recognize court rulings from other jurisdictions, was adopted by the tribal court and signed by tribal Chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder.
Because of Rule 23, South Dakota courts are now authorized under state statute to recognize Standing Rock court orders and judgments.
“It is the first tribe that has actually notified us that they have court rule in place that has been signed by the chairman of the tribe and by the court,” said Judith Roberts, legal counsel for the Unified Judicial System.