Inter-Tribal Court of Southern California

San Diego County is home to seventeen federally recognized Indian tribes.  San Diego County has more Indian reservations than any other county in the United States. However, the reservations are very small, with total land holdings of just over 124,000 acres, or about 193 square miles of the 4,205 square miles in San Diego County.  Some of the reservations are very remote.  Others are close to metropolitan areas.   Twelve of these tribes (Jamul Indian Village, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, Los Coyotes Band of Indians, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Mesa Grande Band of Indians, Pala Band of Cupeno Indians, Pauma/Yuima Band of Mission Indians, Rincon Nation of Luiseno Indians, San Pasqual Band of Indians, Iipaay Nation of Santa Ysabel, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians) are currently members of the tribal consortium, the Intertribal Court of Southern California.


The court’s Chief Judge, Anthony Brandenburg, was sworn in and the court began operation in August of 2006.   Each tribe determines which kinds of cases it will authorize the court to hear.  Currently the court hears a very wide variety of cases, including peace and security code violations, environmental issues, conservator issues, contracts, tort claims, family law including ICWA, evictions, enrollment, exclusions, and more. The court also has an in-house mediation and arbitration service and works with an outside agency when a tribe requires private mediation or arbitration services.  The court hears all evictions for the All Mission Indian Housing Association (AMIHA) and handles cases for several tribes not formally part of the tribal court consortium on a case-by-case basis.  The court has an attorney referral service and conducts several workshops a year on various subjects including Public Law 280, Fourth Amendment issues, and an “Indian stand down” where the court works with the local state court in helping to clear outstanding warrants.


Chief Judge: Anthony Brandenburg

Intertribal Court of Southern California
49002 Golsh Road, Rincon Indian Reservation
Valley Center, California 92082

Office hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
760-751-3078 (fax)


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