Peacemaking Events

WORKSHOP: “Healing Historical Trauma in Native America and the US – operationalizing from Rocks, Karma, Arrows”

WORKSHOP: “Healing Historical Trauma in Native America and the US – operationalizing from Rocks, Karma, Arrows” IPI will be at the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice conference in June. One of our workshops at the conference will be using a a performance “Rocks, Karma, Arrows” from a local theater group to address the following objectives: Basic understanding of historical federal policy shifts toward Indigenous nations of the United States; historical context of Rocks,… Read More »WORKSHOP: “Healing Historical Trauma in Native America and the US – operationalizing from Rocks, Karma, Arrows”

SAVE THE DATE: June 14-16, 2019 “Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle” Conference by NACRJ

The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) is hosting their conference June 14-16, 2019 in Denver, CO. The Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative (IPI) Advisory Committee members will be sharing their knowledge at seven workshops at the conference. Please join the NACRJ and IPI for this enlightening event. Workshops by IPI include: “Healing Historical Trauma in Native America and the US- operationalizing from Rocks, Karma & Arrows” by Brett Lee Shelton & Sheldon Spotted Elk… Read More »SAVE THE DATE: June 14-16, 2019 “Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle” Conference by NACRJ

Denver, CO – Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative to Present at AFCC 13th Annual Symposium on Child Custody

Denver, CO – Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative to Present at AFCC 13th Annual Symposium on Child Custody On Friday, November 9, 2018 IPI members Tim Connors and Brett Shelton will present at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) for an afternoon (3:30-5:00 PM) session: Evidence Reboot: From Traditional Custody Evaluation to Peacemaking.  If you are in the area, come out and see IPI in action!

Lansing Michigan “Tribal Justice” screening with special guest Abby Abinanti

Lansing Michigan “Tribal Justice” screening with special guest Abby Abinanti On October 31, 2018, there will be a special screening of the documentary “Tribal Justice” along with a talk by the Honorable Abby Abinanti, one of the two Tribal Judges featured in the film.  The event will take place at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing, from 9 am to noon, and will also feature a panel of state and tribal judges discussing the… Read More »Lansing Michigan “Tribal Justice” screening with special guest Abby Abinanti

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Honor Peacemaker Timothy Connors

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Honor Peacemaker Timothy Connors The Nme’ Peacemaking Gavel by Patrick D. Wilson About three years ago my good friend and fellow Peacemaker Judge Timothy Connors attended the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Sturgeon Release. Tim relayed that he was immensely moved and felt a profound connection to the Sturgeon and to the release program. I helped put on an art exhibit at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the… Read More »Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Honor Peacemaker Timothy Connors

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hears Testimony from Yurok Tribal Court’s Abbi Abinanti

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hears Testimony from Yurok Tribal Court’s Abbi Abinanti Peacemaking Judge Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribal Court, spoke to congress in regards to Justice for Native American Youth, follow this link: “Justice for Native Youth: the GAO Report on ‘Native American Youth: “Involvement in Justice Systems and Information on Grants to Help Address Juvenile Delinquency.’” to read the transcript.

NEWS – Life Comes From It – first of its kind grantmaking circle

NEWS – Life Comes From It – first of its kind grantmaking circle The Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative is pleased to be helping spread the word about the establishment of a new initiative, Life Comes From It.  This is a  first of its kind grantmaking circle where decisions are made by people heavily steeped in restorative Justice, transformative justice, and indigenous peacemaking. Life Comes From It describes its mission as follows: Our Mission Life Comes From… Read More »NEWS – Life Comes From It – first of its kind grantmaking circle

“Spirituality and Peacemaking” – Peacemakers From Across Turtle Island Gather for Advanced Training

“Spirituality and Peacemaking” – Peacemakers From Across Turtle Island Gather for Advanced Training Pictured here are participants in the Advanced Peacemaker Training Course, “Spirituality and Peacemaking” which took place on, August 24, 2018 at the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal  Court Building in Manistee, Michigan. We are grateful to all of the fantastic Peacemakers who attended and shared their knowledge.

Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation Hosts IPI

Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation Hosts IPI On August 3, 2018 the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Peacemakers presented to the All- Potawatomi National Gathering Judicial Conference.  Also there to share their knowledge were Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative members.

Peacemakers At Work -Pokagon Basket of Tribal Wisdom Training

Peacemakers At Work -Pokagon Basket of Tribal Wisdom Training Monday, June 11, at Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, in preparation for a peacemaking training, IPI Advisory Committee member Cheryl Fairbanks, Pokagon traditional leader Clarence White, IPI Advisory Committee member and Chief Judge of Pokagon Tribal Courts Michael Petoskey, IPI Senior Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton pose after meeting to discuss traditional dispute resolution in Pokagon country.

Basket of Tribal Wisdom – Weaving Tradition and Justice (June 12-13, 2018)

Basket of Tribal Wisdom – Weaving Tradition and Justice (June 12-13, 2018) Pokégnek Bodéwadmik (Pokagon Band of Potwatomi) and the Native American Rights Fund will be hosting a joint workshop combining basket weaving and Native Justice/Peacemaking Principles facilitated by Cheryl Fairbanks and Brett Lee Shelton of the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative.  See the flyer for details.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Completes Peacemaking Training

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Completes Peacemaking Training The Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative (IPI), with several advisory committee members, completed a two part peacemaking facilitation training for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribe officials, community members, and staff.  Follow this link for the written materials developed for the attendees EBCI Oct. 2017 and Jan. 2018 – PM Training Materials.

Training – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians October 2017

Training – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians October 2017 October 23-25th the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative (IPI) with several advisory committee members will be providing a private advanced peacemaker training for community members, tribal officials and staff at the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC. The training will include materials developed specifically for the Tribe’s use in the community.

Video – Indigenous Peacemaking

Video – Indigenous Peacemaking Are you tired of the adversarial court system and the harm that it inflicts on your community?  Want to learn more about traditional practices for resolving disputes?  Check out this video from the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative.  The video includes people from around the nation talking about their unique experiences with peacemaking in a variety of Native communities.  The video also explains how NARF’s Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative can help communities who want… Read More »Video – Indigenous Peacemaking

NAICJA 2017 Conference Registration Now Open!

The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) invites you to register for the 48th Annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is, “Tribal Justice: Building and Strengthening Relationships and Partnerships.” The conference will be held October 10-13, 2017 at the beautiful Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, NM. NAICJA’s Annual Conference offers innovative and timely tribal justice information through high quality presentation by national experts. This year,… Read More »NAICJA 2017 Conference Registration Now Open!

IPI Shares Peacemaking Knowledge at 7th Annual Cyber Conference

IPI Shares Peacemaking Knowledge at 7th Annual Cyber Conference Recently, members of the IPI participated in the 7th Annual International Cyber-Conference in Dispute Resolution hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  This year’s conference focused on terrorism and indigenous peacemaking.  The indigenous peacemaking dialogue was hosted by Polly Hyslop, Brett Lee Shelton, Robert Yazzie, and Mike Jackson.  Indigenous Peacemaking work was highlighted on how to find culturally relevant solutions to modern day problems. See this… Read More »IPI Shares Peacemaking Knowledge at 7th Annual Cyber Conference

Peace Circles Models – A Virtual Circle on Peacemaking

Peace Circles Models – A Virtual Circle on Peacemaking When: Monday, April 24, 2017 Time: 12 pm PT/1 pm MT/2 om CT/ 3 pm ET (90 minutes) Registration: https://ta2ta.org/webinars/registration/peacemaking-webinar.html Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative advisory board members Cheryl Fairbanks, Robert Yazzie, Shawn Watts, and Brett Lee Shelton will present during this webinar. See flyer below for more information

Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting – Pictures

Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting – Pictures In congruence with the Lewis & Clark Law School colloquium in March, the IPI Advisory Committee held a meeting to provide guidance to the project and to discuss current and future work relating to the peacemaking work around the country.  Frybread Productions was also present to capture some of the wisdom of the IPI Advisory Committee. Take a peek into the world of a Peacemaker below!