Here is a nice resource for peacemakers (and the rest of us!) that can be helpful when memories of traumatic events get triggered. Some quick tips on self- care. Peacemakers can suggest them to participants having difficulties, or you can even keep it handy to help yourself in difficult times.
Circle Peacemaking: A Timeless Practice Becomes Trendy, authored by Mike A Jackson, is a brief and comprehensive slideshow that was provided in a training on peacemaking by Mike Jackson, IPI Advisory Committee member and recognized leader of circle peacemaking across North America. To view the slideshow, please download it here: https://peacemaking.narf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Circle-Peacemaking-A-Timeless-Practice-Becomes-Trendy.pdf
IPI NARF Attorney Brett Lee Shelton, acting in his personal capacity, had an op-ed published in Indian Country Today. While not related to NARF business, it may be of interest. Share if you’d like: https://indiancountrytoday.com/opinion/federal-medicaid-policy-provides-much-needed-resources-for-native-communities-lGCHt1iiNkmW9XV1M4bM-w
NEWS: JUSTICE VIGIL DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT BUILDING BETTER CHILD WELFARE COURTS TOGETHER SYMPOSIUM
New Mexico Supreme Court Senior Justice Barbara Vigil gave the keynote address at Building Better Child Welfare Courts Together, an online symposium co-hosted by IPI online on July 30. Other IPI-related speakers included Brett Lee Shelton, Cheryl Fairbanks, Kevin Briscoe, Timothy Connors, Robert Yazzie, and former NARF Board member and longtime supporter Verna Teller .
A reminder for all that the Peacemaking Colloqium 2020 will be held this week on Wednesday, August 5th through Thursday, August 6th. This event will be convened through Zoom, due to the the current covid-19 pandemic. If you have not registered for this event yet, please click here to register now: REGISTER For a copy of the Peacemaking Colloqium’s 2020 Agenda, please download it here:
NEWS: What are Obstacles to Accountability? It is useful for peacemakers is knowing what those around the circle with you are going through. This short video explains why people struggle with accountability- it’s hard work and uncomfortable, scary. Understanding can help you help them. Check out the video at the link, it’ll be worth your time! Featuring friend to IPI Sonya Shah! Since May 2020, protesters across the United States are demanding that cities defund… Read More »NEWS: What are Obstacles to Accountability?
NEWS: PEACEMAKING COLLOQUIUM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Please join us for the Peacemaking Colloquium 2020 – REGISTER FOR PEACEMAKING COLLOQUIUM. PURPOSE: Peacemaking is an indigenous circle process based on tribal values and customary law providing a basis for helping resolve conflicts and disputes. Many Colloquiums have been held throughout the nation which involved peacemakers, scholars, tribal communities, and law students. Colloquium 2020 will be national and international and will highlight Tribal/Indigenous/State dispute resolution models. Presenters will include experts and wisdom… Read More »NEWS: PEACEMAKING COLLOQUIUM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
The Atlantic magazine just published Why Tribes Should Have the Power to Enforce Strict Coronavirus Policies, by Professor Matthew Fletcher of Michigan State University. There are extremely high stakes involved if nonmembers flout tribal stay-at-home orders. While Fletcher isn’t given the space to address all the facets of the issue, it is true that a community-focused approach, like that encouraged by peace circles, would be better suited to handle public health emergencies. In the meantime,… Read More »NEWS: Why Tribes Should Have the Power to Enforce Strict Coronavirus Policies
The article at this link: https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/eeoc-announces-pilot-programs-increase-voluntary-resolutions explains that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has opened two pilot programs to help with alternative dispute resolution in employment discrimination cases. The mediation program expands the types of cases that may resolved with mediation, and also allows mediation to be an option at several points in the process- much like some tribes do with peacemaking in court cases. The conciliation program bolsters the agency’s ability to… Read More »NEWS: ARTICLE ON EEOC PILOT PROGRAMS
The University of Denver Conflict Resolution Institute (CRI) (https://www.du.edu/conflictresolution/index.html) put out a bulletin a few weeks ago on Hearing and Listening to Stories of Injustice. It included a wealth of great resources assembled by CRI staff. Those are listed below, and you can sign up for CRI’s newsletter at the website linked above. As you can see from the introductory language below, these materials are highly relevant now, AND much of the wisdom contained in… Read More »NEWS: UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CONFLICT RESOLUTION INSTITUTE BULLETIN
This article features quotes and more from IPI Advisory Committee member Cheryl D. Fairbanks, and Zuni/Navajo Peacemaker Christy Chapman. The article calls for changes to the child welfare legal system, and features peacemaking, and two other methodologies that derive from indigenous circle processes (though the connection to indigenous practices isn’t so clear in the language of the article) as possible advances systems that can implemented. Click here to see the full article: https://youthtoday.org/2020/06/families-communities-systems-need-to-collaborate-to-really-help-whole-child/
This wonderful book tells the Iroquois story of Tadodaho, Hiawatha, and the Peacemaker, with historical references provided and with beautiful illustrations by David Shannon. Also included is a CD by the author, rock music legend and Mohawk and Cayuga Robbie Robertson. This book is beautiful to look at, the story beautiful to read, and really should be a “must-read” for a real American story. Well worth the purchase price to have on hand, and worthy… Read More »NEWS: Hiawatha and the Peacemaker- A Book for Young (and ALL) Readers by Robbie Robertson
NEWS: Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group Seminar On Monday, May 25, 2020 IPI Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton and Advisory Committee Member Judge Tim Connors, as well as Michigan Law Professor Margaret Connors, all participated as guest speakers in a seminar forum on Peacemaking hosted by Advisory Committee Member Carson Smith from the prestigious University Oxford in England. The host organization for the seminar was the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group. The seminar was recorded… Read More »NEWS: Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group Seminar
NEWS: Taking Circles Online In the wake of COVID-19 concerns, some restorative justice programs have started to offer assistance online over conferencing platforms like Zoom and WebEx. While Peacemakers know that the experience cannot be the same as when you are in the same room together, there are still conflicts in need of addressing so video-conference circles are being used as the best available option for the present time. The graphic below is the timeline… Read More »NEWS: Taking Circles Online
NEWS: A Little Girl’s Wisdom The wisdom this little girl shares with her mother after the parents had an argument is amazing. Native cultures often conceptualize children and elders as closest to the spirit world. This girl shares the perspective… as she tries to make peace in her home life… Special thanks to Judge Bill Thorne for sharing this story with us.
Canadian Attorney and Friend of IPI David G. Newman, Q.C., of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is featured in the recently published Supreme Advocacy article “Advice, and Urging, from a 50-year Lawyer in the Middle of Canada.” Newman’s call to action includes the admonition that western hemisphere governments can and should work to right the wrongs of the past. This will benefit everyone, not just the descendants of the survivors of those wrongs. But doing so: “now… Read More »NEWS: Advice to Western Civil Societies, from a Long-term First Nations Ally
At this link, you can find a free webinar on the Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools, sponsored by the Zehr Institute and presented by the authors, Lindsey Pointer and Kathleen McGoey of the Longmont (Colorado) Community Justice Partners program: Includes a wide ranging discussion on how restorative practices can have positive impacts in many different spheres of life and work, focusing on pedagogical approaches.
The Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia is offering a series of classes related to peace and circle processes in a non-tribal context. These courses include: Transforming Community Spaces through Equitable CollaborationFrank Dukes and Leanne Nurse Live online course dates and times: May 13, 20, 27: 1 pm – 4:30 pm (EDT) June 3, 10: 1 pm – 4:30 pm (EDT) For more information, click here: https://emu.edu/spi/courses/#691 Digital Peacebuilding and Peace Tech:Understanding Social Media, Conflict, and… Read More »NEWS: Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia is Offering Peacemaking Courses
NEWS: Peacemaking at Home During Quarantine SOME TIMELY ADVICE to help keep peace while living in quarantine! Featured below are links to some helpful articles, initially compiled by the Conflict Resolution Institute at the University of Denver, “How to Not Completely Hate the People You’re Quarantined With” Take it from experts who study isolation: It’s hard, it takes teamwork, and it may cause excessive staring into nothingness. https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-surviving-quarantine-without-killing-partner/?fbclid=IwAR1sXxvU1TtovdeVMvC4ysr3EGsFPC3YNfAg9FNdwIgsXi2lUBklRa0YyF0 Preventing Household Conflict When You’re Stuck at… Read More »NEWS: Peacemaking at Home During Quarantine
Cheyenne and Arapaho artist George Levi created this ledger art drawing to support efforts to act responsibly and protect each other. Thank you and please share this message!