NAMBE PUEBLO TRIBAL COURT

Physical: 16-A, NP 102 East, Nambe Pueblo, NM  87506

Mailing: Route 1 Box 117-BB, Santa Fe, NM  87506

Phone: 505-455-5581/5580 Fax: 505-455-9136

Roman J. Duran, Chief Judge, judge@nambepueblo.org

Kym E. Valencia, Chief Court Clerk, kvalencia@nambepueblo.org

Savannah Salazar, Court Clerk, ssalazar@nambepueblo.org

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

Our mission is to provide a professional, comprehensive, competent, impartial and efficient tribunal where there is equality and justice to all who come before the judiciary.  The Tribal Court shall provide access to court services on a day-to-day basis for all criminal and civil matters per the Pueblo of Nambe Tribal Law and Order Code; utilize all available resources to enhance and strengthen the effectiveness of our Court, and exercise our right as a sovereign nation and to reduce crime in our community and neighboring communities.

STAFFING AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

CHIEF JUDGE ROMAN J. DURAN:  Supervises and manages the operations of the Court, including but not limited to the case docket, budget and funding sources, pro-tem judges, coordination of services with tribal departments and other tribal/state/federal departments and agencies, maintains communications with all relevant agencies and departments to foster partnerships and a reliable network system.

CHIEF COURT CLERK KYM E. VALENCIA: Processes all complaints, filings and pleadings on the case docket, processes and accounts for all fines, fees, costs, bonds, child support payments, and relevant judgments, ensures timely processing of all Court related invoices while adhering to all accounting standards and principles, works with other tribal and non-tribal departments and programs to meet the needs of our Court and to accomplish common goals.

COURT CLERK SAVANNAH SALAZAR:  assists in the process of all complaints, filings and pleadings on the case docket, processes and accounts for all fines, fees, costs, bonds, child support payments, and relevant judgments, ensures timely processing of all Court related invoices while adhering to all accounting standards and principles, works with other tribal and non-tribal departments and programs to meet the needs of our Court and to accomplish common goals.

NAMBE PUEBLO TRIBAL COURT: will provide efficient case management and processing from the filing to disposition of each case before the Court, and will apply proper procedures for cases following the Civil and Criminal Rules of Procedure, follow Due Process pursuant to the 1968, Indian Civil Right Act, and apply proper traditional and customary laws where appropriate.

REGULAR OFFICE HOURS

8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M., UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

 

FILING FEES AND COSTS

ALL PETITIONS/COMPLAINTS………………………… $50.00

PETITION FOR ORDER OF PROTECTION…………….. FREE PROCESS

PROBATE ACTIONS……………………………………… $50.00

MOTIONS………………………………………………….. $10.00

COURT REQUESTS………………………………………. $10.00

SERVICE OF PROCESS………………………………….. $35.00 EACH PRIVATE

BACKGROUND CHECKS……………………………….. $65.00 EACH (FREE TO GOVERNMENT)

PARTY REQUEST FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS……. $25.00 EACH

ENFORCEMENT OF FOREIGN JUDGMENT…………… $30.00

ATTORNEY ADMISSION………………………………… $200.00 YR

ALL COURT COPIES…………………………………….. $.25 PER PAGE

ALL COURT RECORDINGS…………………………….. $15.00 EACH

CERTIFIED COPIES……………………………………… $1.00 EACH PAGE

NOTARY FEES…………………………………………… $2.00 EACH

 

GENERAL DRESS CODE

Appropriate attire is mandatory for ANY appearance in Court, whether as a participant in a case, a witness or an observer. This not only helps maintain decorum but shows respect for our Tribal Court and laws.

As a general rule, you should think of the Court as a formal environment. Dress as you would when going for an important job interview. You will not be allowed in the Courtroom if you do not comply with the Court dress code. Regardless of how you personally feel about the dress code, you must follow the rules.

 

SUGGESTED GUIDELINES 

Men: wear shoes with socks; long pants (pants with belt loops, wear a belt or suspenders if needed); collared shirt or dress shirt (tucked in) tie is optional, with or without a jacket

Women: wear shoes; a dress, skirt two inches below the knee or long pants; a blouse, sweater or casual dress shirt

You will NOT be allowed to enter the Courtroom wearing the following inappropriate clothing:

  • Shorts (all types and styles).
  • Hats (men) or hair curlers (women).
  • Halter or tube top, T-shirt or muscle shirt, Tank tops or spaghetti strap tops, see-through top.
  • Flip flops, sandals or open toe shoes.
  • Clothing that exposes your midriff or underwear.
  • Ripped or torn jeans.
  • Baggy pants that fall below your waist.
  • Clothing with an emblem, wording, picture or image anything that promotes illegal or inappropriate activity.
  • Clothing that depicts or promotes violence, sex acts, illegal drug use or profanity.

If you wear or carry a cell phone or a pager, you must turn it off while Court is in session. The Judge will assess a $50 fine if your cell phone or pager goes off during Court. No texting while Court is in session.

PUEBLO OF NAMBE TRIBAL COURT ETIQUETTE

  1. Keep all Court Appointments and be on time. If you are scheduled at 9:00 a.m., you must be signed in and seated in the Courtroom by 9:00 a.m.
  2. Remember to bring all Court documents to your scheduled hearing (Orders, summons, notices, motions etc.)
  3. Children are not allowed at Court. Unless requested by the Tribal Judge.
  4. Please respect Tribal Court Staff at all times. (Refrain from using inappropriate language.)
  5. Please respect Tribal Court Building and Furnishings at all times.
  6. YOU are on video surveillance at all times.
  7. Please use courteous and appropriate language such as “Yes, You’re Honor” and “No, You’re Honor” look directly at the Judge when you are speaking.
  8. Turn off cellphones, pagers etc. before entering the Courtroom. Leave all other personal items in your vehicle
  9. Food is not allowed in the Courtroom you may have 1 bottle/cup of water only.
  10. Dress appropriately for Court (Layered clothing is recommended.)
  11. Please respect all individuals who are present at Court.
  12. All Criminal and Civil proceedings are open to the public.
  13. All Juvenile proceedings are CLOSED. Please refrain from bringing individuals who are not a party to a juvenile case.  All individuals who are not a party to the juvenile case will be asked to wait in the reception area until Court has adjourned.
  14. Please keep the Tribal Court building and grounds clean at all times, please dispose of trash in proper receptacles.
  15. Smoking is not allowed.

 

HOW TO FILE COURT FORMS

Filing forms pro se refers to filing the forms in court yourself, without legal representation. In addition, even if you do end up using a lawyer, teaching yourself how to go through the process pro se can equip you to be your own best advocate.

FILL OUT FORMS: Be specific about what you are alleging and clearly state what you are asking the Court to do about it.  You must swear to what you are stating by signing this document in front of a notary public or another officer authorized to administer oaths.

ATTACHMENTS: Are supporting documents to support complaint all referenced attachments or required documents must be included with your complaint, incomplete complaints and/or Court forms WILL NOT BE FILED.

MAKE COPIES: An original copy for the Court, one copy for you, and one copy for each party. There will be a charge for copies at the Tribal Court.

FILING FEE: the filing fee is due when you file your complaint.  Currently, the filing fee is $50.00 The Tribal Court accepts cash or money order ONLY.  There is also a Motion and Court Request fee of $10.00.

FILE YOUR COMPLAINT: Bring the originals, copies and the filing fee to the Nambe Pueblo Tribal Court. The Court is located at 16-A NP 102 – East, Santa Fe, NM  87506.  The Court is open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hand all your paperwork to the Clerk of the Court. At that time the clerk will file your paperwork and assign a case number.

SERVE – you must have each party served with a copy of the complaint and all attachments. (This is your responsibility)

After all parties are served they have thirty (30) days to file an answer or a responsive pleading.  If they do not and thirty (30) days have passed since the day your papers were served on them, you may ask the court for a default judgment.  This requires a separate form.

Court staff CAN help you with court procedures, rules and forms.

Court staff CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE or talk about your rights. They CANNOT fill-out forms for you.  They CANNOT tell you if you have correctly worded your information or if you are properly presenting your case.

 

 

EIGHT NORTHERN TRIBAL COURT CONTACT INFORMATION

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Court

P.O. Box 1128 San Juan Pueblo, NM 87566

Phone: (505) 852-4475 Fax: (505) 852-4350

 

Pueblo of Nambe

Pueblo of Nambe Tribal Court

Route 1, Box 117-BB Nambe Pueblo, NM 87506

Phone: (505) 455-5581Fax: (505) 455-9136

 

Pueblo of Picuris

Pueblo of Picuris Tribal Court

P.O. Box 127 Penasco, NM 87553

Phone: (575) 587-2519 Fax: (575) 587-1071

 

Pueblo of Pojoaque

Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court

58 Cities of Gold Road Santa Fe, NM 87506

Phone: (505) 455-2271 Fax: (505) 455-0102

Pueblo of San Ildefonso

Pueblo of San Ildefonso Tribal Court

Route 5, Box 315-A Santa Fe, NM 87506

Phone: (505) 455-7500 Fax: (505) 455-7942

 

Pueblo of Santa Clara

Pueblo of Santa Clara Tribal Court

P.O. Box 580 Espanola, NM 87532

Phone: (505) 753-0411 Fax: (505) 753-0466

 

Pueblo of Taos

Pueblo of Taos Tribal Court

P.O. Box 1846 Taos, NM 87571

Phone: (505) 751-0488 Fax: (505) 751-3552

 

Pueblo of Tesuque

Pueblo of Tesuque Tribal Court

Route 42, Box 360-T Santa Fe, NM 87506

Phone: (505) 989-4969 Fax: (505) 989-5037

 

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS OFFICE OF JUSTIC SERVICES

Mailing Address:
Northern Pueblos Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs OJS
P.O. Box 4269-Fairview Station
Espanola, NM 87533

Physical Address:
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Northern Pueblos Agency
196 Eagle Drive
Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566

Telephone: (505) 753-1430                                         Fax: 505-753-1462

 

ATTORNEY LISTING

The following is a list of Attorneys who have practiced before the Nambe Pueblo Tribal Court.

New Mexico Legal Aid   Phone: 505-867-3391

Ronald Boyd                    Phone: 505-984-0121

Art Nieto                           Phone: 505-247-1973

Dwight Thompson          Phone: 575-751-3043

Daniel Marlowe               Phone: 505-988-1144

Ray Twohig                      Phone: 505-898-0400

Michael R. Jones            Phone: 505 820-1825
Roderick Thompson      Phone: 505-982-5520

William Frazier              Phone: 505-288-3448

Crystal E. Lees                Phone: 505-288-3448

Daniel J. Sanchez          Phone: 505-553-0466

Terry Aguilar                  Phone: 505-225-8778

Pamela Emsden            Phone: 505-986-1977

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE TRIBAL COURT

Directions from Santa Fe:

Depart on US 84/285/ North, St. Francis Drive (19 mi)

Turn right onto NM-503 East (4.5 mi)

Turn right onto NP 101 Poechunu Poe (1.5 mi)

Turn left onto NP 102-East (141 ft.)

Arrive at 16 NP 120 East, Nambe Pueblo

 

Directions from Espanola:

Depart on US 84/285/South, Riverside Drive (8 mi)

Turn left onto NM-503 East    (4.5 mi)

Turn right onto NP 101 Poechunu Poe (1.5 mi)

Turn left onto NP 102-East (141 ft.)

Arrive at 16 NP 120 East, Nambe Pueblo