Chief Appellate Justice Robert A. Blaeser

 

Robert A. Blaeser is an arbitrator and mediator in Minneapolis, Minnesota and surrounding area.  He served as the Chief Judge for the White Earth Nation in northwestern Minnesota from 2013 to 2017.  He also serves as an Appellate Judge for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Court, the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court, and as the Chief Justice of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Appellate Court. 

Blaeser, born and raised on the White Earth Nation was the first American Indian Minnesota State District Court judge appointed in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in 1995. He served for 17 1/2 years as a District Court Judge in Hennepin County, where he was Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court and later served as the Chief Judge of the Civil Division.  He is a founding member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, the Minnesota Tribal Court State Court Forum, and has served on numerous task forces in the Tribal, State, and Federal judicial systems, including most recently on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Commission Tribal Issues Advisory Group. He is a regular speaker on the Indian Child Welfare Act, racial bias in the court system, and the processes to improve the access to justice for Indian country children and families.