NAICJA Region 2
Richard C. Blake has been the Chief Judge of the Hoopa Valley Tribe since July of 2002. He is a proud member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. He is also a contractual Judge for the Smith River Rancheria Tribal Court and the Redding Rancheria Tribal Court.
Judge Blake is in his second term as NAICJA 1st Vice President, previously serving two terms as Member at Large for the NAICJA board. He is the Region 2 representative representing courts in California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Judge Blake is the founder of the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition, which currently has a membership of five northern California Tribal Courts including Hoopa, Yurok, Smith River, Trinidad Rancheria and Karuk Tribe.
Judge Blake was also appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission by retired Chief Justice Ronald George and appointed to co-chair the California Tribal-State Forum by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.