Department of Justice
Purpose and Responsibilities of the Ho-Chunk Nation
Department of Justice
The mission of the Department of Justice is set forth by the
Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature in the establishment act:
The Department of Justice ("Department"), as part of the Executive
Branch, is committed to defending the sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk
Nation ("Nation") and representing the Nation on those matters that
concern the Nation's interests and welfare. The Department will
serve the Nation in Tribal, State and Federal forums. The
Department is bound to protect the Nation and will coordinate all
available and necessary enforcement resources.
The Department of Justice consists of the Attorney General, (6)
Tribal Attorneys, (3) Paralegals, (1) Legal Assistant, (1) Exec.
Admin. Assistant, (1) Legal File Clerk and (1) Secretary.
The Department consists of six (6) divisions:
1. The Division of Legal Services, which is responsible for
providing legal services to the Nation and coordinating the
activities of the other Divisions of the Department. We handle a
wide range of matters including gaming issues, land issues,
litigation, CFS and CTF/ITF cases, among others.
Currently, Amanda L. WhiteEagle is Attorney
The Department of Justice is sorry to inform the Tribal Members
that the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice is unable to offer
Tribal Members legal representation.
The Department realizes that Tribal Members may have extreme
circumstances that need immediate response; however, the Ho-Chunk
Nation Tribal Attorneys do not provide representation to individual
Tribal Members or persons with individual legal issues. The Tribal
Attorneys are contracted and duty-bound to represent the legal
interests of the Ho-Chunk Nation, its agencies and entities.
Therefore, the Department cannot give legal advice or represent
Tribal Members in any capacity.
Although the Department cannot offer Tribal Members legal
representation, a Tribal Member may be able to receive assistance
from the following programs, who offer legal representation:
A. Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.
300 Third Street, Wausau, WI 54402
Ph: (800) 472-1638.
B. Legal Aid to Institutionalized Persons (LAIP) Program
University of Wisconsin Law School - LAIP
Frank J. Remington Center
975 Bascom Mall, Madison, 53706
Ph: (800) 543-2625.
If these organizations are unable to assist you with locating
representation, the Tribal Member would likely need to contact a
2. The Division of Investigation or the Surveillance Departments
of the four (4) casinos and one (1) bingo hall, which are
responsible for protecting the Nation's Casino assets. Currently,
the Supervisor for DeJope Bingo is David Austin; the
Supervisor for HCC is Todd Burbey; the Supervisor for MPC is Stuart
Rave; the Supervisor for RBC is Bruce Decorah; and the Supervisor
for Ho-Chunk North is Sandy Smalley.
3. The Compliance Division is responsible for enforcing the
Ho-Chunk Nation's Drug and Alcohol Ordinance, investigating
incidents, vendor verification, and many other duties. Currently,
the Supervisor for Compliance is Joe Buse.
4. The Register of Deeds, formerly known as Land Records Office is
responsible for keeping track of trust land and leases and assists
with BIA land issues. Currently, the Supervisor for Register of
Deeds is Julie Mann.
5. The Election Board Office is responsible for assisting with
elections and problems that may occur during those elections. The
Office Manager is Melissa Olvera.
6. The Ho-Chunk Nation Police Department is responsible for the
direction of all operations of the Ho-hunk Nation. Its
responsibilities include monitoring of all department personnel to
ensure work performance and assist Tribal Members with matters.
Work performance and assistance should meet standards set forth by
the HCN Police Department and State of Wisconsin. The Police
Department reviews and assures all requests for assistance are
completed in a timely fashion and all necessary reports are
accurately completed. The Police Department establishes Tribal
Member and department goals and priorities and implements those
policies. The Chief of Police is Earl LeMieux and the
Administrative Assistant is Cara Lee Murphy.
The Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice can be contacted
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 667
W9814 Airport Road
Black River Falls, WI 54615