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/
We usually point out in our introductory peace circles presentations and trainings that there are many types of circles – people naturally tend to gather in circles to address certain situations they encounter, both good and bad. The video below shows a great example, in that this Stockbridge-Munsee clan mother has taught her family to use circles for support. It’s a great video that also explains and shows by example how traditional leadership develops and… Read More »NEWS: Clan Mother Video Shows Circles for Healing
The Life Comes From It grantmaking circle, supports “grassroots movement-building work rooted in lived experience and relationships for restorative justice, transformative justice, and indigenous peacemaking”. They are recruiting candidates to apply for their next round of funding. The grantmaking is intended to support (1) individual projects and (2) networks, convenings, and collaborations that enhance movement building. If you have anything that might use such support, please apply at: https://www.lifecomesfromit.org/apply
The Peacemaking Colloquium 2020 was successfully held on August 5 & 6, 2020. Now recordings from this groundbreaking event are available for public viewing. Please see the links below for access to the agenda and the recording. If nobody has told you yet, there were some amazing speakers participating, and the topics were often groundbreaking. There is even an option to listen at higher speed, so you can experience the whole event much faster! … Read More »NEWS: Peacemaking Colloquium 2020 Recordings are Now Available!
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