Peacemaking News

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

Registration for the 2nd Annual Peacemaking Colloquium is Now Open!

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

Virtual Peacemakers Gathering

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.

Peacemaker Judge Tim Connors

Peacemaker Judge Tim Connors A peek into honorable Judge Tim Connors court room. The practice of implementing peacemaking, a circular acknowledgment of one another. 

The Return of Peacemaking

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

Tanam Awaa: Trauma Informed Benchbook

Peacemakers Recourse for Trauma Impact

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

Hawai’ian and Indigenous Health and Healing Roundhouse

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”

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/