As a sovereign nation, the Mohegan Tribe has its own governmental structure and the power to govern itself within guidelines set by the U.S. Constitution. The Mohegan Nation's Tribal Constitution provides that the Tribe shall be governed by a Tribal Council
, consisting of nine tribal members, and a Council of Elders
, consisting of seven tribal members. All legislative and executive powers of the Tribe not granted to the Council of Elders
are vested with the Tribal Council
. The Council of Elders oversees judicial matters and the Tribe's cultural integrity. The Council of Elders also exercises legislative powers with respect to tribal membership and enrollment. The Tribal Court
adjudicates on all non-gaming matters.