Meet the Judges
Judge Robert Mills (Acting Supreme Court Chief Judge)
Supreme Court Judge Robert Mills Supreme Court Judge Robert Mills is a graduate of Boston College Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania bar associations. Judge Mills is an enrolled member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
Judge Terri Yellowhammer (Supreme Court Judge)
Supreme Court Judge Terri Yellowhammer is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota. She is also Ojibwe from her mother's side. She resides in Minneapolis, MN and is currently serving in several part-time positions. She is an Appellate Justice for the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and has heard cases on appeal in civil matters including child welfare, dissolutions, gaming, housing, guardian/conservatorships, real property, and employment. She is very involved with ICWA in her state and has experience in all areas of Indian law.
Judge Matthew L.M. Fletcher (Supreme Court Judge)
Matthew L. M. Fletcher is a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law and director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He sits as the Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and also sits as an appellate judge for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, and the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band, located in Peshawbestown, Michigan.
He is the reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of American Indians. Prof. Fletcher coauthored the sixth edition of Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law. He is under contract with West Publishing to write a hornbook on federal Indian law and with the American Bar Association to write a tribal law practice guide. He also authored American Indian Tribal Law, the first casebook for law students on tribal law; The Return of the Eagle: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; and American Indian Education: Counter narratives in Racism, Struggle, and the Law. He co-edited the Indian Civil Rights Act; and Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act. Prof. Fletcher’s scholarship has been cited two times by the U. S. Supreme Court. Prof. Fletcher is the primary editor and author of the leading law blog on American Indian law and policy.
Prof. Fletcher graduated from the University of Michigan in 1994 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1997. He has worked as a staff attorney for four Indian Tribes.
District Court Judge Jeffrey L. Madison
Judge Madison is an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). He is a graduate of Cambridge College and received a Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. He is a member of the Dukes County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Black Lawyer's Association.