We, the Anishinabeg, the people of Odaawaa-Zaaga’iganiing, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band, will sustain our heritage, preserving our past, strengthening our present, and embracing our future. We will defend our inherent sovereign rights and safeguard Mother Earth. We will provide for the educational, health, social welfare, and economic stability of the present and future generations.
On October 22, 2019, The Tribal Governing Board approved and established the Pardon and Forgiveness Code of LCO tribal law. This ordinance provides a way for tribal members who have been convicted of crimes or other reasons to find employment, housing, or other benefits of membership. Read the full article here.
A Tribal member or non-tribal member may receive a pardon for any criminal conviction(s), or forgiveness for an act(s) that renders the individual ineligible for housing with the Tribe or other Tribal benefit(s); and any individual may receive forgiveness for an act(s) that renders the individual ineligible for Tribal employment, housing, an occupational license, certification, or permit issued by the Tribe; a foster care license issued by the Tribe; or others Tribal benefit.
However, there are exceptions. A pardon or forgiveness does not allow a non-tribal member to be eligible for tribal member benefits he/she would not otherwise be eligible to receive. A pardon or forgiveness shall not be construed as permitting the benefits or employment to individuals who are otherwise disqualified under Tribal, State, or Federal law. Receipt of a pardon or forgiveness does not affect obligations imposed as part of a sentence or conviction in another jurisdiction.
Individuals are eligible for a pardon upon completion of incarcaration, parole, probation, and/or deferred prosecution.
An individual shall be eligible for pardon one (1) year after a conviction or affirmed through the conclusion of any appeal process. An individual shall be eligible for forgiveness one (1) year after an act is committed.
The following must be submitted with your completed pardon application:
Letters shall not be more than one (1) year old.
The following must be submitted with your completed forgiveness application:
Failure of an applicant to provide a complete application or any of the required information and/or materials may result in:
You may write, email, or call the Human Resources Director at: