In TRIBAL, the Justice Department attempts to save political face under the mask of inclusion and collaboration with the controversial appointment of a young, female, Indigenous Chief of Tribal Police, pairing her with a big-city detective to tackle Indigenous-related crime in the city.
Thrust into an unfamiliar world, (newly appointed) Chief Samantha “Sam” Woodburn (Jessica Matten) must navigate politics and procedure as she clashes with her partner Chuck “Buke” Bukansky (Brian Markinson), an old-school detective with the Metro Police.
The Justice Department partners Sam and Buke in TRIBAL’s first season. They begrudgingly work together before uncovering the largest scandal in the history of the city – a tomb, full of murdered indigenous bodies. After Sam and Buke’s discovery, they are unsure of who to trust. Connie (Garry Chalk) appoints Victoria Mann (Marci T. House) as the new leader of a task force as they try to determine who is responsible for the tomb. Later, a white poacher is found dead on a reserve and Sam and Buke come face-to-face with the memory of Buke’s shooting. Season 2 explores healing lodge dynamics, trauma caused by PTSD, a hostage situation and the resurrection of the Starlight Tours. The divide between the Metro and Tribal police departments escalates, affecting Sam and Buke’s partnership.
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