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Registration Now Open: Peacemakers for a New Generation Conference

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Peacemaking Probation Department has opened registration for “Peacemakers For a New Generation.” The 2024 conference will take place in Mainstee, Mich. August 14-16 at the Little River Casino and Resort.

Peacemaking Shared as Solution to Disparities in Justice

Article appearing in “In These Times” examines how and why Native people often serve longer prison sentences and NARF Staff Attorney Brett Shelton shares peacemaking success stories from across Indian Country as an alternative. To see full article, click on link: In These Times, “Unequal Before the Law” 2024-03-11

Peacemakers for a New Generation Conference

Peacemakers for a New Generation conference to be held Aug 14-16 2024, at the Little River Casino and Resort, Manistee, Michigan- mark your calendars!  Deadline to submit is February 16, 2024.  Contact Information: Email (patrickwilson@lrboi-nsn.gov) Phone number: (231) 398-2239 Open: 8:00AM-4:00PM (M-F)  

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Watch the Collaboration Between Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative and the Stanford Native American Cultural Center

For several years, NARF’s Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative (IPI) has worked closely with Stanford University’s Native American Community Center to help create peacemaking educational programming at Stanford, which in turn has helped IPI build on its own educational abilities. The project has been a resounding success so far. This video was produced at Stanford to help highlight how the project developed, some of its impacts, and to showcase a few of the many students who have… Read More »Watch the Collaboration Between Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative and the Stanford Native American Cultural Center

Cow Creek Band Of Umpqua Indians Peacemaking Training

NARF Attorney Brett Lee Shelton and Peacemaker and Guest Trainer JoAnne Cook are pictured with participants in the first ever Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians Peacemaking Training, held at Seven Arrows Casino and Hotel, Canyonville, Oregon, on April 21-23, 2023.  The energetic and engaged group shows great promise of implementing a strong peacemaking program under the authority of the Tribal Court.

Inaugural Central California Tribal Justice Collaborative Judges Dinner

California State and Tribal Court judges, and organizers, including NARF Staff Attorney Shelton, pose after the October 26, 2022 Inaugural Central California Tribal Justice Collaborative Judges’ Dinner, held at the Chukchansi Resort near Coarsegold, California.  Shelton was a featured speaker for the program, discussing Indigenizing Child Welfare Decisions. 

Peacemaking Training for the Choctaw Nation

Staff Attorneys Brett Lee Shelton (Oceti Sakowin Oyate) and Beth M. Wright (Pueblo of Laguna), along with IPI Advisory Committee member Polly Hyslop (Upper Tanana) provide peacemaking training for the Choctaw Nation Judicial Branch in Durant, OK Oct 3 and 4, 2022

Congratulations to IPI Advisory Committee Member Carson Smith!

            Congratulations to IPI Advisory Committee member Carson Smith, who was recently announced as a recipient of the prestigious Knight-Hennessy scholarship to Stanford University where she will study law. As the biography at the link below shows, she is sure to continue to support and celebrate peacemaking along the way. Starting from her first introduction to peacemaking as an undergraduate student at Stanford, Carson has been instrumental in development of… Read More »Congratulations to IPI Advisory Committee Member Carson Smith!

12th Annual International Cyber-Conference on Dispute Resolution

    The 12th annual International Cyber-Conference on Dispute Resolution will take place Wednesday April 6, from Noon to 2:30 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time.  This is a global town-hall style dialog between practitioners working in the public and private sectors, and always includes compelling guest speakers from around the world. There is still time to register for this year’s event. Click on the link below to register: https://csudh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqf-qvrDwrG9W-4_JOZxZZ2SrdA6TOETB4.   

The Truth About Tribal Child Welfare

“Using Peacemaking Circles to Indigenize Tribal Child Welfare” By Lauren van Schilfgaarde & Brett Lee Shelton   Historical child welfare policies explicitly aimed to exterminate Indigenous culture and disrupt tribal cohesion. The remnants of these historical policies serve as the foundation for the contemporary child welfare system. These policies view the child as an isolated and interchangeable asset, over which parents enjoy property-like rights, and in which the child welfare system is incentivized to “save”… Read More »The Truth About Tribal Child Welfare

What No One Tells You About Restorative Justice

What No One Tells You About Restorative Justice “Undoing the First Harm: Settlers in Restorative Justice” By Edward Valandra  Historic land theft justified by the Doctrine of Discovery still plays a major role in normalizing the narrative that settler land rights override Indigenous rights established through (broken) treaties. Addressing the First Harm caused by the United States stealing Indigenous peoples land requires self-change and accountability from modern day justice systems.  Although Indigenous peoples’ communication, speaking… Read More »What No One Tells You About Restorative Justice

Living Justice Press Has Issued a Call for Contributors

Living Justice Press Has Issued a Call for Contributors Attention Peacemakers: Living Justice Press has issued a Call for Contributors for a new book to be published, Colorizing Circle Practices. This is a great chance for Indigenous authors to weigh in, in a variety of ways, on the use of circles. It’s meant to give you all voice, as authorities!  For more information, please call or email Living Justice Press.     

IPI Presentation for the National American Indian Court Judges Association

IPI Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton joins UCLA Law Prof. Lauren van Schilfgaarde and NCJFCJ’s Sheldon Spotted Elk in a presentation to the National American Indian Court Judges Association on October 19, 2021 entitled, “Using Peacemaking Circles to Indigenize Tribal Child Welfare.”   The presentation was primarily based on Shelton and van Schilfgaarde’s recent article with the same name, in the Colombia Journal on Race and the Law.

Detroit Legal News features Peacemaking Colloquium 2021

Article in the Detroit Legal News about the Peacemaking Colloquium 2021, held in September in which several IPI  Advisory Committee members played a major role. To see full article, click on link: Detroit Legal News _21_9_20

‘That Went Sideways’ Podcast, Featuring Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton

‘That Went Sideways’ Podcast, Featuring Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton is featured on this episode of ‘That Went Sideways’ podcast, discussing Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative, Indian Boarding Schools and several other topics.  Click the link below to listen:

Peacemaking Course Published in the Detroit Legal News

Peacemaking Course Published in the Detroit Legal News September 23, 2021 Two recent students in a Peacemaking course IPI co-sponsored with several institutions of higher education, Megan Wang and Katie Orringer, drafted a wonderful summary and impression piece that was just published by the Detrol Legal news.  The article even mentions NARF, and IPI Advisory Committee members Cheryl Fairbanks, Michael Petoskey, Carson Smith, Timothy Connors, Robert Yazzie, Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton, as well as… Read More »Peacemaking Course Published in the Detroit Legal News

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribal Court and Peacemaking Center’s film

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribal Court and Peacemaking Center’s Film The Pokagon Band of  Potawatomi Tribal Court and Peacemaking Center’s film, Sacred Justice, has been selected as a People’s Choice Finalist in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Film Challenge!  The story of Pokagon Peacemaking and the dedication of Chief Judge Mike Petoskey is now reaching an even wider national audience!   To see the three minute version of this film, and even to vote for… Read More »Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribal Court and Peacemaking Center’s film

10th Annual Judicial Gathering for Tribal Justice Collaborative

10th Annual Judicial Gathering for Tribal Justice Collaborative  October 22, 2021 The Tribal Justice Collaborative of California has announced that registration is now open for the 10th AnnualJustice Gathering of California. This is a wonderful opportunity for thoseconcerned with Indian Child Welfare in California to learn and to network.  Peacemaking and other traditional processes relevant to ChildWelfare issues in Tribal Nation’s cultures are honored in thiscontext.  See details below to register if you are interested. This… Read More »10th Annual Judicial Gathering for Tribal Justice Collaborative

Introductory Peacemaking Online Course

IPI co-sponsored a groundbreaking Introductory Peacemaking course online this past weekend, August 6-8. This photo features the students on hand for the final session, as well as the primary faculty for the course including IPI Advisory Committee member (and main organizer of the course) Carson Smith, Stanford American Indian Program Director Karen Biestman, Niyo Moraga-Keeswood, and Staff Attorney responsible for the IPI, Brett Lee Shelton Students came from various undergrad, graduate, and professional study programs… Read More »Introductory Peacemaking Online Course