Judge Terri D. Yellowhammer


Appointed November 16, 2020, by Governor Tim Walz. Elected November 8, 2022. Current term expires December 31, 2028.


College of St. Catherine, B.A., 1985
University of Minnesota Law School, Juris Doctor, 1995


  • Hennepin County, American Indian Community Relations Development Manager, 2018 – 2020
  • Indian Child Welfare Law Center, Staff Attorney, 2014 – 2017
  • White Earth Tribal Court, Appellate Judge, 2012 – 2014
  • White Earth Tribal Court, Judge, 2007 – 2011

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Proof Alliance
  • Indian Child Welfare Law Center Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Cabinet
  • Casey Family Programs ICWA Tribal & Specialty Courts

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, Volunteer Cohort
  • Minnesota ICWA Guardian Ad Litem for Hennepin and Ramsey counties
  • Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Board Chair
  • National Crittenton Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Hennepin Health Care, Community Advisory Board
  • 7th Generation Tribal Mentoring Program

Additional Information:

  • Education Development Center, Inc. Tribal Services Manager
  • Consultant - Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center, National Children’s Bureau
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Trainer
  • Futures without Violence, Consultant
  • Achievement Award – MN Department of Human Services for work on the 2007 Tribal/State Agreement on Indian Child Welfare