Public Defender

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Office (509) 634-2450

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 Colville Tribal Police Department and the Corrections Facility have the ability to contact us after-hours. 

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Richard Lee | Acting Program Manager | Email

Richard has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington.  He pursued his legal training at Gonzaga School of Law in Spokane and completed those studies in 1997. He also has a Master’s Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. During law school, he hosted a local television program in the Spokane area. He began doing trial work in both jury and bench trials in 2003.

Assistant Public Defender: Jonnie Bray | Email

Jonnie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Gonzaga University and is a Colville Tribal Member.  She has a significant history of working in the legal departments of the Tribes and has worked as prosecutor and public defender. She also has extensive appellate court experience in the Colville Court of Appeals. She is the most experienced public defender in Tribal Court. In addition to being a trial attorney, she also works as Case Manager. Jonnie also sits as a Pro Tempore Judge at Spokane Tribe of Indians.

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