Chickasaw Supreme Court
Attention: Connie Tillery
P.O. Box 69
Ada, Oklahoma 74820
Chief Justice Barbara Anne Smith is a Chickasaw citizen and has been a Supreme Court Justice for the Chickasaw Nation, Ada, Oklahoma since October 1, 2003, and formerly the Justice of the Supreme Court. Previously, she served the Chickasaw Nation as District Judge. Chief Justice Smith also serves as a Special Judge for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Courts. She has a law practice in Norman, Oklahoma with her brother, Michael Colbert Smith, Smith & Smith Attorneys at Law. They have a general practice with concentrations in Social Security Disability Law, Indian Law, Criminal Law, and Family Law issues, with special consultations in Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Courts, and Peacemaking. Chief Justice Smith earned her bachelorís degree in Mathematics Education from East Central State University, Ada, Oklahoma, her masterís degree from the University of Oklahoma, and her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University.
Prior to her law career, she taught mathematics at Norman High School and at the University of Oklahoma as an adjunct professor. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma Law School teaching Tribal Courts, and has been an adjunct professor in the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma teaching Tribal Sovereignty. Chief Justice Smith is on the Board of Directors of the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado, the Board of Directors of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, and the Advisory Council for the National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. She has made presentations to the Cleveland County Bar Association, the Garvin County Bar Association, the Chickasaw Nation Bar Association, the Oklahoma Supreme Court Mediators, the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Sovereignty Symposium, the National Multi-Jurisdiction Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin, National Gathering of Peacemakers Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Indian Nations Conference in Palm Springs, California, Indigenous Justice Conference in San Diego, California, Montana Mediators Association in Helena, Montana and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Multi-State Regional Meeting.
She has been a facilitator for the Native American Rights Fund Chautauqua Peacemaking Project and is on the Advisory Committee for their current Peacemaking Project. Justice Smith is an alumna of the National Judicial College and joined its faculty in 2004. February 2012 Chief Justice Smith traveled to Columbia University Law School to teach Peacemaking to the Mediation students.