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 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 network. Peacemaking and other traditional processes relevant to ChildWelfare issues in Tribal Nation’s cultures and always honored in thiscontext. See details below to register if you are interested. This… Read More »10th Annual Judicial Gathering for Tribal Justice Collaborative
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
Registration for the 2nd Annual Peacemaking Colloquium is Now Open! Happening this September 29th & 30th. NARF’s IPI is a co-sponsor of this event, designed primarily to give interested people an introduction to peacemaking. It is intended for general audiences, so register today! TO REGISTER: Either click on the image above or follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6-BmPgyAYfzpCrFKsy2mZp-W3W1GZ8DIVUh2Ysc3JKsNbcQ/viewform
Traditional Notions of Conflict Resolution: Keynote Speech by Dr. Ernest Uwazie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jp7NQZh_Uw Uwazie’s list of Key Traditional African Conflict Resolution Values will look familiar to practitioners and students of peacemaking: Reconciliation Collaboration Consensus Building Restorative Integrative Adaptation/Customary Problem Solving This short recording is eye-opening to help realize similar issues and foundations shared by indigenous communities across the world. It is worth the time investment in viewing, providing examples and generalizations of outcomes, etc. that will… Read More »Traditional Notions of Conflict Resolution: Keynote Speech by Dr. Ernest Uwazie
Gichi-apiitendaa Gwad (Congratulations) Judge Petoskey Judge Petoskey, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, has had a long and lustrous career. His accomplishments include being awarded the Tecumseh Peacekeeping Award for leadership in moving the State of Michigan courts and tribal courts away from conflict and toward cooperation. Petoskey is now the newest member of the NARF Board of Directors. Join us in congratulating him!
Hawaiian & Indigenous Health & Healing Scholarship Fund, University of Hawai’i Foundation Please consider donating to the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu’s Hawai’ian and Indigenous Health & Healing Scholarship Fund. This program is providing cutting-edge, decolonizing classes helping Hawai’ians recover and fortify their traditional knowledge and lifeways, all in the context of modern times. This will serve as a model for other indigenous nations later- help it grow if you can! Our goal is to… Read More »Hawaiian & Indigenous Health & Healing Scholarship Fund, University of Hawai’i Foundation
Colorado Bar Association – Introduction to the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative Mark your calendars for June 11, 2021 at 12:00PM MST. Register now for early bird discount by Tuesday, June 01, 2021. Final registration deadline, Thursday, June 10, 2021. Learn how to implement traditions for dispute resolution in Tribal courts. A preferred approach for child welfare, juvenile offenders, and elder issues in Native American communities. Featuring Native American Rights Fund Staff Attorney, Oglala Sioux Tribal member,… Read More »Colorado Bar Association – Introduction to the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative
“Moving Beyond Peace Education to Social Justice Education” is a visionary article, co-authored by Daisy Han and Trisha Moquino (groundbreaking founder of the Keres Children’s Learning Center in New Mexico and advocate for indigenous language revitalization) provides a framework for radically changing peace education in elementary schools and beyond. “Cosmic and peace education requires that we develop in children and in ourselves an understanding of the history of racial and social injustice and the tools to dismantle… Read More »Moving Beyond Peace Education to Social Justice Education
Michigan State and Tribal Courts Training on Resiliency Judge Tim Connors shared the following recorded sessions from a recent Michigan state and tribal courts training on resiliency courts. Learning about resiliency helps peacemaking facilitation, and peacemaking circles are conducive to building resiliency for their participants. Thank you for sharing, Judge Connors! Training Session I – February 25, 2021 (Passcode: J%#MV19c) https://zoom.us/rec/share/4UEK-dWeoJjmBN0IYb1l45BKrFLUHrBRZzVIigSHUu-CKkCTkXJ-Z6DJ9KGesPdT.DlDGerAaxIRRVPLs Training Session II – March 4, 221 (Passcode: Zjd8b9?P) https://zoom.us/rec/share/NoWAws4iEMbd0jL3KS-DGJHSgxrTRYxArn_aEEF74fsopUycfGL1nPtPK1o54LyK.aWTLI1ywSpSRKOLv
IPI convened a meeting of approximately 30 peacemakers, from all across the US and Canada, on Friday March 5 to discuss cultural appropriation and peacemaking. The group is putting finishing touches on a statement the peacemakers wanted to issue for all who are interested, so watch for that soon. In the meantime, here is a screen shot from one point in the meeting.
The Return of Peacemaking Peacemaking Talking Circles, a traditional conflict resolution practice that is regaining favor in state and tribal courts. This recent Indian Country Today article describes how a peacemaking circle was used to address a prosecution when a native activist toppled a statue of Columbus in Minnesota. It also includes quotes by Staff Attorney responsible for IPI, Brett Lee Shelton, and IPI Advisory Committee member Judge Timothy Connors. The link to the written… Read More »The Return of Peacemaking
Peacemakers Recourse for Trauma Impact The recent St. Paul Island project – Tanaam Awaa: ‘Our Community’s Work’ Trauma-Informed Benchbook for Tribal Justice Systems” is an amazing work, both in content and aesthetically. Peaceamkers deal with trauma-impacted people all the time, just like judges, so this is very useful info and we are fortunate to the leadership of Judge Voluck at St. Paul Island in developing and sharing this resource. Go ahead, take a look- you’ll be… Read More »Peacemakers Recourse for Trauma Impact
Great photo of two Hawai’ian powerhouses in the Hawai’ian and Indigenous Health and Healing roundhouse, Manulani Aluli Meyer and Aunty Lynette Pagliniwan. These two are helping lead the way of a resurgence of Hawai’ian lifeways and healing from the colonial disruption. We are proud to have Manu as an Advisory Committee member for the IPI, and also to share in Aunty Lynette’s knowledge and insights whenever possible!
Podcast: “Notes from America” Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative Advisory Committee members, Polly Hyslop and Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks are interviewed by Petrina Engelke for the German podcast, “Notes from America” also known as “Notizen aus Amerika.” The “Notes from America” podcast focuses on U.S. culture and politics. This episode specifically centers on conflict resolution from an Indigenous perspective. Advisory committee members, Polly and Cheryl’s part starts at 36:15 min. The English version will be forthcoming. https://notizenausamerika.de/2020/12/usa-das-gespaltene-land/
Congratulations to Advisory Committee Member, Carson Smith (Choctaw Nation Citizen)! Big congratulations to our colleague in peacemaking work, Advisory Committee member Carson Smith, (a Choctaw Nation citizen) she recently successfully completed her Master’s program at Oxford! Big things to come! Carson’s next role is already in process, she is the first ever recipient of the Dispute Resolution Fellowship at Stanford University. Go Carson!
NATIVE COMMUNITIES: This Is Not Our First Pandemic Photo: Indigenous Representatives from around to world standing together to represent their respective communities. Photo provided by Sarah Ortegon “Though tragic, it has also brought truth to light. Communities can create their own independent ecosystems of caring with food, housing, education, and health care for their people.” This yes! magazine article discusses using the wisdom of tribal communities to adapt to the pandemic and includes… Read More »NATIVE COMMUNITIES: This is Not Our First Pandemic
The National Congress of American Indians will hold its annual convention, this year online, November 8-13. This leading organization endorses the IPI, and has great things to say about peacemaking: “in the interests of protecting and promoting tribal sovereignty, strengthening Tribal governments, advancing Tribal self determination and advancing health and welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives by providing more culturally appropriate and functional dispute resolution systems, the NCAI does hereby express its support for… Read More »NEWS: National Congress of American Indians Resolution Supporting Peacemaking
Honolulu Pilot Presents a “More Hawai’ian” Way of Dealing with Juvenile Offenders. Intervention with traditional teachings means to address overrepresentation of Native Hawai’ian and Pacific Islanders in the juvenile justice system. This article is well worth the read. Please click here for the full article: https://www.civilbeat.org/2015/05/spiritual-healing-a-more-hawaiian-way-to-deal-with-delinquent-kids/