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A . Rules For Tribal Courts

As a direct consequence of the fallibility of individuals, disputes will develop between individuals, even when both individuals are sworn to honesty and fairness in their dealings with one another. To quickly resolve all such disputes, the aggrieved party (or parties) may file a petition with the Council of Elders, which will designate (by lot) three of their number to sit as a panel of arbitrators, who will conduct a hearing and reach a decision as quickly as justice and reason will allow. A decision reached in this fashion may be appealed to the entire Council of Elders, sitting en banc, or to any higher Council, so long as the majority of the members of said council agree to hear the petition for appeal. Once the decision is final, it may be enforced, if necessary, in the civil courts, in the same manner as any other arbitration award.1 By becoming members of the tribe, all tribal members consent to arbitration in this fashion with respect to any dispute which might develop with any other member of the tribe.

1 The essential distinction between these tribal courts and something like the so-called "Common Law Courts" of the so-called "freemen" is that the tribal courts are specifically established within the framework of the Arbitration Act, thereby giving them an official status within the judicial system of the United States of America (as opposed to attempting to exist outside of that system).

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