Deadline Extended for Position Announcement: Oregon Position Announcement: Tribal judge position in Oregon, very limited hours per week, with some peacemaking interface. Currently it is part-time but it could become more if the Tribal Healing to Wellness Court (Drug Court) becomes operational. Deadline extended to February 24, 2017. CONFEDERATED TRIBES OFCOOS, LOWER UMPQUA & SIUSLAW INDIANSTRIBAL COURT1245 Fulton Ave. Coos Bay, OR 97420Phone (541) 888-1306 or 1-888-280-0726Fax (541) 888-2853 ● Email: email@example.com Request for QualificationsAssociate… Read More »Deadline Extended for Position Announcement: Oregon
Video: Peacemaking: In the Courts and Community This video was produced by the Washtenaw County (Michigan) Peacemaking court, and also features peacemakers and participants from the Skyline High School peacemaking program, both of which incorporate native values and are based on collaborative efforts with local tribes.
Ontario approves establishment of Indigenous People’s Court in Thunder Bay The Chief Justice’s Office, in the Ontario Court of Justice has approved the establishment of an Indigenous People’s Court in Thunder Bay. The new Court will use a restorative justice approach to sentencing. It will also emphasize Indigenous culture and traditions to help heal Indigenous clients in conflict with the law. Read the full announcement at the CBC News website. Read a related article at… Read More »Ontario approves establishment of Indigenous People’s Court in Thunder Bay
Joint therapeutic court launches in Kenai The Henu’ Community Wellness Court is on the brink of admitting its first participant after more than a year of work to get off the ground. A joint therapeutic-style court formed between the state and the Kenatize Indian Tribe, the program will target and admit those facing long felony sentences relating to substance abuse or Child in Need of Aid cases. Its focus on healing and rehabilitation will help… Read More »Joint therapeutic court launches in Kenai
A Mexican Indigenous Community Finds Its Own Way Dispute resolution and many other functions of government are handled on a radically local level in this Mexican indigenous community. Not that long ago, community members fought to reestablish their rights to govern themselves, free from the colonial and cartel forces that have previously taken them for granted. Read more about their community at the Truth Out website.
Exit, Pursued By a Bear: Why Peacemaking Makes Sense in State Court Justice Systems Michigan Judge Timothy Connors advocates peacemaking as an alternative path because “it works,” explaining that this alternative path for state courts helps them live up to their public responsibility to help heal controversy. The article includes reference to the NARF Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative as well as two advisory committee members – Shawn Watts and Cheryl Fairbanks. Judge Connors maintains that, as… Read More »Exit, Pursued By a Bear: Why Peacemaking Makes Sense in State Court Justice Systems
The Indigenous Practice That Is Transforming the Adversarial Process A brief but comprehensive read from The Judges’ Journal providing background in several areas. First, the author recounts the historical origins of use of circles for justice practices and describes the Kake, Alaska, practice of using circles – Grief Circles, Peacemaking Circles, Suicide Prevention Circles, Celebration Circles, and Sentencing Circles to name a few. Next, the article summarizes how a circle process works provides an overview… Read More »The Indigenous Practice That Is Transforming the Adversarial Process
Michigan’s Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum – Attempting Great Things Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack explains how Michigan’s tribal , state , and federal courts have created a unique partnership regarding tribal children and families—drawing on their shared goals of ensuring the proper administration of justice within their jurisdictions, resolving disputes in a manner that will be respected and enforced across jurisdictional lines, and serving the children, families, and communities whose welfare depends on… Read More »Michigan’s Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum – Attempting Great Things
SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for 2017 Grants The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. Up to $54.6 million in funding is available over the course of three years. APPLICATION DUE DATE: December 12, 2016 by 11:59 pm Eastern time. Applications must be received by the due date… Read More »SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for 2017 Grants
Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court Evaluation of Implementing Peacemaking in a Non-Tribal Court System
Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court Evaluation of Implementing Peacemaking in a Non-Tribal Court System Peacemaking and Parent Partners Evaluation (2016) Evaluation of the Washtenaw County (Michigan) Peacemaking Court, which incorporated peacemaking within their court in the fall of 2013. The program’s goal is to increase satisfaction of litigants and improve public trust in justice. Since the inception of the peacemaking court, over 40 peacemaking facilitators have been trained. Trained peacemakers now co-facilitate cases and are using… Read More »Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court Evaluation of Implementing Peacemaking in a Non-Tribal Court System
Alaska’s First Joint State-Tribal Wellness Court Officially Established The Kenaitze Indian Tribe has officially entered a historic government-to-government partnership with the Alaska Court System, signing an agreement to create a joint-jurisdiction state-tribal therapeutic court that will serve people across the central Kenai Peninsula later this year. Representatives of the tribe, state court and the Office of the Attorney General signed the agreement Thursday afternoon in Courtroom 203 of the Rabinowitz Courthouse in downtown Fairbanks. The… Read More »Alaska’s First Joint State-Tribal Wellness Court Officially Established
A Framework for Understanding Tribal Courts and the Application of Fundamental Law Through an examination of scholarly articles, this paperdiscusses traditional tribal justice systems set in tribal communities. This effort establishes a framework for understanding tribal courts and the unique challenges they face.Read the full scholarly article by April L. Wilkinson in Volume 15 of the Tribal Law Journal at the University of New Mexico Law School website.
Report on Holistic and Traditional Justice Roundtable This publication provides a detailed description of the “Holistic & Traditional Justice Roundtable” held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 13, 2015 (see Appendix B). More than 24 Indian Law experts attended the Roundtable and participated in a full day discussion, which yielded considerable insights on holistic and traditional justice. Among the attendees were tribal court judges, tribal supreme court and appellate justices, legal aid attorneys, nonprofit staff… Read More »Report on Holistic and Traditional Justice Roundtable
Tlingit & Haida: Tribal youth court could launch in a few weeks About 30 tribal officials and community members recently discussed ways to get a new youth court up and running in Juneau. It’s an opt-in program for youth tribal members in Southeast Alaska that’s an alternative to the regular justice system. Read the full story at the KTOO Public Media website.
Restorative Justice Returning to Tulalip Courthouse What’s the surefire way to stop a behavior? Punish it, right? From schools, to workplaces, animal training to penitentiaries we see examples everywhere. Obviously, punishment works or we wouldn’t keep doing it. Except, in some cases, common wisdom is entirely wrong. Punishment doesn’t work, as evidenced by the number of repeat offenders in jails and prisons across the country. Read the full article (from March 2016) at the Tulalip… Read More »Restorative Justice Returning to Tulalip Courthouse
There Is Hope: Time to Follow an Indigenous Model for Peace in America I’m a disciple of John Mohawk, a dearly departed Seneca philosopher and professor. He introduced me to the Great Law, a model for peacemaking and peacekeeping amongst warring nations—communities where there is a genuine divide. I’m simply going to quote his 2004 take on the Great Law from “The Warriors Who Turned To Peace” and hopefully start a conversation about how we… Read More »There Is Hope: Time to Follow an Indigenous Model for Peace in America
New tribal court programs aim to reduce recidivism Two new tribal court programs are getting off the ground at Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. They’re focused on reducing recidivism. It’s part of a larger conversation to identify what’s holding some people back from reaching their potential. Namely, things such as childhood trauma, unstable home lives and a disconnect from culture. Read the full May 19, 2016, article at the KTOO Public Media… Read More »New tribal court programs aim to reduce recidivism
DWI court’s treatment program promotes Native culture ALBUQUERQUE — Inside the busiest courthouse in New Mexico, Arnett Tafoya stood in the same courtroom where he had appeared numerous times after being charged last year with drunken driving. This time, things were different. There was cake on a table, and Bernalillo County Judge Maria Dominguez praised Tafoya for completing a regimented, court-run treatment program called the Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court — the… Read More »DWI court’s treatment program promotes Native culture
New joint tribal-state court established For the first time in Alaska, there will be a joint tribal-state court. A Kenaitze tribal judge will sit side-by-side with a state judge and have equal say in decisions. It will be a wellness court that hears criminal cases involving substance abuse, and will start taking up to 20 participants in March. Currently, tribal courts only have jurisdiction over civil matters, like adoptions, divorces, domestic violence petitions, and… Read More »New joint tribal-state court established
Tribal courts have lessons for children’s courts, judges’ panel says SANTA FE, N.M. — Peacemaking practices used in indigenous American cultures can have a place in courts dealing with child abuse and neglect within tribes and in nontribal courts, says a new national panel that includes two local judges. Read the full September 4, 2015, article at the Albuquerque Journal website.