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THE  CHEROKEE  SUPREME  COURT (JAT)
                        DECLARES  ACTIONS  OF
               DISTRICT COURT JUDGES  NULL AND VOID

 
                     IN THE JUDICIAL APPEALS TRIBUNAL
                    OF THE CHEROKEE  NATION
           IN THE MATTER OF  DECLARING NULL AND VOID ACTIONS
        OF  SUSPENDED  DISTRICT JUDGE  TINA  JORDAN  AND  ASSOCIATE
                   DISTRICT  JUDGE DEWAYNE  LITTLEJOHN
JAT  NO. AD  97-12
                                                                    ORDER
 
       In  May,  1997,  District  Judge Jordan,  without  contacting or obtaining the approval of any of the Justices of the Judicial  Appeals Tribunal,  removed   her office and District Court files from the Cherokee Nation Courthouse.  Judge Jordan,  with the assistance and support of  Principal Chief Joe Byrd and his staff,  then proceeded to create an illegal court system housed at the Tribal Complex.  Judge  Jordan and Associate District Judge DeWayne Littlejohn,  since his appointment, have conducted hearings and other court business at the complex.  Judge Jordan is also controlling the District Court budget.
       Because of the unlawful actions taken by  Judge Jordan,  the Judicial Appeals Tribunal issued Orders on May 14, 1997,  May  15, 1997, and June 2, 1997,  suspending  Judge Jordan from all District Judge duties.  The Court suspended Judge Jordan  pursuant to it's inherent powers and statutory duties.  The Judicial Appeals Tribunal has repeatedly requested and directed  Judge Jordan and associate District Judge DeWayne Littlejohn to return to the Courthouse, and to bring with them the District Court files.  However, both judges continue to ignore the requests.
       THEREFORE,  THIS COURT IS BOUND TO ALWAYS MAINTAIN PUBLIC TRUST AND INTEGRITY IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM;  AND, THUS,  has no other alternative than to ORDER AND DECLARE ALL ACTS PERFORMED,  DECISIONS RENDERED AND ORDERS ENTERED BY JUDGE JORDAN FROM  MAY 14, 1997,  TO THE PRESENT,  AS A DISTRICT JUDGE, TO BE NULL AND VOID, AND THE SAME IS TRUE  AS TO ANY FUTURE ACTIONS TAKEN BY JUDGE JORDAN, UNTIL FURTHER ORDER OF THIS COURT.  THEY ARE NOT RECOGNIZED AS VALID BY THE JUDICIAL APPEALS TRIBUNAL.
       LIKEWISE, ALL ACTS PERFORMED,  DECISIONS RENDERED AND ORDERS
ENTERED BY ASSOCIATE JUDGE DEWAYNE LITTLEJOHN,  UNTIL FURTHER ORDER OF THIS COURT.  THEY ARE NOT RECOGNIZED AS VALID BY THE JUDICIAL APPEALS TRIBUNAL.
       Moreover,  both District Judge Jordan and Associate District Judge Littlejohn are ORDERED TO IMMEDIATELY RETURN ALL DISTRICT COURT FILES, EQUIPMENT AND RELATED MATERIAL TO THE CHEROKEE NATION COURTHOUSE.
       The  Court Clerk of the Judicial Appeals Tribunal (Supreme Court) is directed to provide a file stamped copy of this document to District Judge Tina Jordan,  Associate District Judge DeWayne Littlejohn, and to all members of the Judicial Appeals Tribunal.
  IT IS SO ORDERED  this  3rd  day of  December  1997.
                                                 _____SIGNED_______________
                                                                Ralph F. Keen,
                                   CHIEF JUSTICE  OF THE CHEROKEE NATION