The Law and Justice Department promotes the safety and wellbeing of community members and seeks justice for victims of crime.

Tribal Court

The Nez Perce Tribal Court handles criminal, civil, juvenile, and domestic cases. A public defender is on staff to represent tribal citizens in criminal cases.


  • Lapwai: 208-843-7338
  • Kamiah: 208-935-2525

Police Department

The tribal police department works to keep communities safe and reduce crime.


  • Lapwai: 208-621-4809
  • Kamiah: 208-935-4107
  • Whitcom Dispatch: 
    • Lapwai: 208-843-5214
    • Kamiah: 208-935-7777

You can also report concerns or tips by emailing

Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO)

TERO ensures that Nez Perce citizens have their rightful share of employment, training, and other economic opportunities. By applying Indian preference, TERO increases employment among tribal citizens.

Contact: Melvin Wheeler
208-621-3714 |

  • Lapwai: 208-843-7363
  • Kamiah: 208-935-4703

Wage Determinations
This wage determination is subject to change and applies to all contracts within the jurisdiction of the Nez Perce Tribe Title 9 (TERO) unless Davis Bacon prevailing wages are applied to the contract, whichever is higher including apprentice and/or training

Child Support Enforcement

To protect the wellbeing of children, the Nez Perce Child Support Enforcement Program helps ensure children are supported by both parents. Based on cultural values and the tribal code, the program helps to reach agreements on child support. The program also assists with:

  • Locating the other parent
  • Paternity testing
  • Beginning the legal process to receive child support payments
  • Enforcing child support orders
  • Changing current child support orders

Contact: Jeanette Moody
208-843-7362 |

Public Defender’s Office

The Public Defender represents all persons, juvenile and adult, accused of criminal matters in the Nez Perce Tribe Court. We strive to provide full representation throughout a case, to ensure each Tribe member’s civil rights are protected, and to provide information on rights and protections under Nez Perce Tribe Code and the Indian Civil Rights Act.

Contact: (208) 621-3866 |

Public Defenders:

Brian Stephens

Robert Van Idour


Leslie Gilley, Office Specialist.

Prosecutor’s Office

The tribal prosecutor represents the tribe in civil, criminal, and juvenile court cases.

Contact: 208-843-7361 |


Kenton Beckstead- Prosecutor

Del Rae Kipp- Administrative Specialist