These treaties made all reservations sovereign domains which gave exclusive authority to the American Indian to government themselves. The Tribal Community formed its own Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branch's of service. In order for a Process Server to execute service of process on any reservation the process server must be approved by the Tribal Community.
SERVICE OF PROCESS
It is important that every Process Server understand the Rules of Civil Procedure in the jurisdiction that serve, however, nothing compares to executing service on an Indian Reservation. There are several factors or hurdles to overcome in order to getting effective service. Don't feel undermined because the Sheriff and Police are not welcomed either. State vs. Zaman and Dixon vs Picopa Construction Company (Arizona) reiterate and re-enforces such federal laws as the Treaty With the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache; October 21, 1867, and the Treaty with the Apache, Cheyenne, and Arapaho; October 17, 1865, along with so many other treaties signed by Presidents and Congress over the years.
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