The Office of the Tribal Public Defender for the Colville Confederated Tribes is one of the few dedicated criminal defense offices in Indian Country. Neither the Indian Civil Rights Act nor the Colville Civil Rights Act require the tribes to pay for members to be represented, however the Colville Business Council has chosen to do so to better serve the membership.
Under Colville Tribal Code §2-1-100 the Tribal Public Defender’s Office shall be appointed to represent all indigent criminal defendants who request counsel. In two circumstances:
1] When the Tribes charge a member with a crime; or
2] The Tribes take legal action to remove children from their homes.
The office can be reached by calling (509) 634-2450, both the police department and the corrections facility have the ability to contact us after-hours.
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