Indigenous Native American Peacemaking

Related Websites:

Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative (NARF)
Provides background information about indigenous peacemaking and tools to help Native people implement peacemaking in their communities.

Tribal Law & Policy Institute: Traditional Law
Contains links to information and resources concerning tribal custom and tradition, traditional law, traditional methods of dispute resolution, and other related issues.

Center for Court Innovation: Tribal Courts Assistance
Provides technical assistance to communities seeking to develop or enhance their tribal justice systems.

Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: A Selected Bibliography (C. Morris)


Selected Articles on Peacemaking:

A Framework for Understanding Tribal Courts and the Application of Fundamental Law: Through the Voices of Scholars in the Field of Tribal Justice. Tribal Law Journal, Volume 15: 2014-2015. Through an examination of scholarly articles, this paper examines traditional tribal justice systems set in tribal communities in an effort to establish a framework for understanding tribal courts and the unique challenges they face.

Classic Revisited: A Native Vision of Justice. 111 Mich. L. Rev. 835. (2013) Carole Goldberg.

Peacemaking Today: Highlights of a roundtable discussion among tribal and state practitioners. (2012). Center for Court Innovation.

Does circle sentencing reduce Aboriginal offending? New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Crime and Justice Bulletin, Number 115, May 2008. Jacqueline Fitzgerald.

Justice as healing: indigenous ways. (2005). Wanda D. McCaslin, ed.

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (2005). Jane Dickson-Gilmore & Carol La Prairie. (limited availability at Google Books; NILL catalog record) Explores factors for the developing and sustaining restorative justice projects in contemporary Canadian Aboriginal communities. Compares and contrasts efforts in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States with those in Canada.

Strengthening tribal sovereignty through peacemaking: how the Anglo-American legal tradition destroys indigenous societies. 28 Colum. Hum. Rts. Law Review 235. (1997). Robert B. Porter. (not available for free online, NILL catalog record)

Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice. (1996). Rupert Ross. (not available online; NILL catalog record) Shares his experience - highlights a range of communities including: Yukon-Tlingit, New Zealand Family Group Conference, the Navajo, as well as Hollow Water and use with sexual abuse.

Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being. (1996). Harold Napolean, with commentaries.

To Set Right Ho'oponopono: A Native Hawaiian Way of Peacemaking. The Compleat Lawyer (ABA), Fall 1995. Explores in detail the Native Hawaiian practice of ho'oponopono ("setting to right" or "to make right").

Life comes from it : Navajo justice concepts. 24 N.M. L. Rev. 175 (1994). Robert Yazzie.

The reawakening of sacred justice. (1993). Diane LeResche.

Navajo Peacemaker Court : impact and efficacy of traditional dispute resolution in the modern setting. (thesis, 1990). William Bluehouse Johnson. (not available online, NILL catalog record)


Peacemaking in Non-Native Communities:

Red Hook peacemaking program : program guide for court referrals. 2014. Center for Court Innovation.

Widening the circle : Can peacemaking work in non-tribal communities. 2012. Robert Wolf. Center for Cour Innovation

Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law. 2010. J. Kim Wright. (chapter one online; NILL catalog record)


Conference Materials on Peacemaking:

National Conference on Traditional Peacemaking: ReMaking Justice
Native American Rights Fund. Indian Law Support Center. September 20-22, 1993
(not available online; NILL catalog record)

National Conference on Traditional Peacemaking and Modern Tribal Justice Systems
Native American Rights Fund. Indian Law Support Center. October 29-30, 1992
(not available online; NILL catalog record)


Other Resources at NILL:

Looking for more? Find other peacemaking-related materials in the NILL catalog:

  1. Peacemaking Resources
  2. Dispute Resolution, Restorative and Mediation Resources
  3. Healing and Sentencing Circles Resources
  4. Swift Bird Prisoner Project Resources

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