Archived Announcements and Events : 2014

Natick peace-making circle aims to resolve racial tensions Looking for a way to resolve the racial tensions in their own towns and beyond, around 25 people attended a "peace-making circle" (Natick, MA).

Newly added tribal code: Visit our tribal codes page to see the Lummi Nation's criminal code, which allows some criminal offenders to clear their records using culturally based standards and completion of penalties.

The Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative has a new flyer describing the practice of peacemaking and how we seek to support it.

October 6-7, 2014 (Tulsa, OK): Traditional Peacemaking: Exploring The Intersections Between Tribal Courts and Peacemaking, Including Alternatives to Detention. The National American Indian Court Judges Association, along with its partners the Native American Rights Fund and Columbia University Law School, invite you to attend a training focused on Traditional Peacemaking. The purpose of this training is to introduce TCCLA grantees and other attendees to the various peacemaking models that are being used in tribal courts, including those that are being used as alternatives to detention. The goal of this training is to explore the ways in which tribal courts integrate traditional justice and community values into varied aspects of tribal civil and criminal justice, to provide experiential training and tips for accessing tribal judicial systems that utilize cultural forms of justice, and to provide explanation of how traditional peacemaking can unlock new approaches to provide effective representation of civil and criminal legal services clients, with special attention to indigent criminal defendants whenever appropriate. The Training is free, but the participants must cover the cost of their travel, food, and lodging.

For more information and to register for the Peacemaking Training visit: Learn more from the program flyer, draft agenda and travel logistics pages.

October 9-10 2014 (Vancouver): The University of British Columbia, located on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people, invites you to attend a 2-day conference to learn about International Indigenous Therapeutic Jurisprudence + from First Nations, Maori, Koori and Native American Judges & Elders. Registration opens on July 1, 2014. Limited to 200 participants on a first-registered basis. Learn more from the program flyer. You can view a 13-minute compilation of the speakers at this event. Speakers from indigenous communities in the Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. spoke on traditional dispute resolution systems? healing capacity, as well as some of the effects of historical and ongoing trauma we all have to navigate so pervasively in our communities.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: DUE DATE: September 30, 2014 The Journalists and Writers Foundation's Peace Projects is seeking proposals for conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects that support reconciliation and dialogue in communities experiencing conflict.

The Lac du Flambeau Tribe is meeting the challenge of drug abuse on its reservation with sentencing alternatives based on tribal tradition. This article discusses two of those, banishment and a Zaagiibagaa Healing to Wellness Court, as innovative ways to help foster healing and reduce crime. Read more at the Northlands News Center article, Lac du Flambeau Tribe is banishing people as anti-drug strategy. (9/5/2014)

"Case brought by Speaker Johnny Naize against members of Navajo Nation Council moved to peacemaking program..." Read more at the Navajo-Hopi Observer website. (May 13, 2014)

A uniquely Canadian incorporation of some peacemaking principles into sentencing—sometimes known as a “Gladue” court—after finding that aboriginal prisoners were disproportionately represented in prisons.  Read more at the Brantford Expositor website. (May 9, 2014)

July 20-25, 2014 (Carcross, Yukon Territory): Thirty years ago Phil and Harold Gatensby, two brothers of the T'lingit Nation from Carcross, introduced Peacemaking Circles into contemporary society. This summer, Harold and Phil will share their teachings with those who wish to deepen their dedication to healing and transformation. Join us on the land for an unforgettable week of learning, connection and gathering power in the traditional values and voices that gave life to restorative justice. Learn more from the program flyer.

June 16-20, 2014 (Winnipeg): Rupert Ross, lawyer and national best-selling author of Dancing with a Ghost, will be teaching the course entitled Exploring Indigenous Justice and Healing. Ross traveled across Canada examining Aboriginal approaches to justice with a special emphasis on healing programs for victims, offenders, families, and communities. This course, part of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding at the Canadian Mennonite University, will focus on what those interested in restorative justice might learn by exploring indigenous approaches to justice and healing. Learn more at their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Navajo legislative leader agrees to peacemaking.
May 7, 2014. Washington Times.

April 23-24, 2014 (Oklahoma): The Tribal Judicial Institute, in collaboration with the Chickasaw Nation, NTJC, FVTC and NARF, will be hosting No Justice Without Peace: 3rd Biennial Gathering of Peacemakers at the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur, OK. This conference will introduce indigenous justice methodologies and examples of how such methodologies are being incorporated into tribal justice systems. See photos from the event. See the event flyer.

April 23, 2014 (online): The University of Alaska Fairbanks Justice Department will sponsor the fourth annual Inter-University ADR Cyber-Symposium . It will focus on four themes: Integrating Different Approaches to Mediation; New Developments and Applications in Therapeutic Justice; Circle Peace-Making and Indigenous Knowledge; and New Applications in Restorative Justice. Learn more about the symposium and how to attend at the symposium website.

April 24, 2014 (Texas): The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas 4th Annual Judicial Symposium focuses on Protecting our Children and Families… Moving Toward a Healthy and Vital Community Through Tribal-State-Federal Collaboration. Speakers at this free event will address topics related to peacemaking, ICWA, and tribal-federal-state collaboration.

Tribal judge works for Yurok-style justice.
March 5, 2014. Los Angeles Times.

Strong interest in new peacemaking court in Washtenaw County
February 3, 2014. Michigan