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Tribal-State Court Collaboration Based on Native Justice Traditions

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This webinar highlights three programs that blend native and state justice on innovative ways to improve state and tribal justice. Staff of the Center for Court Innovation’s peacemaking pilot program at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, discuss how traditional Native American practices are used to resolve disputes that originate in either the justice system or in the community. Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that strives to resolve the immediate dispute, but also to heal the relationships among those involved and restore balance to the community.  

In the second program, Justice officials from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne, New York discuss how The Healing to Wellness/Drug Court, housed under the Tribal Court, uses cultural traditions to restore and heal justice involved tribal members in collaboration with neighboring Courts. Lastly, representatives from the New Mexico Tribal–State Judicial Consortium and Cross Cultural Exchanges discuss how the Consortium contributes to collaboration among state and tribal courts.

Panelists include:

  • Coleta Walker, Peacemaker Associate, Center for Court Innovation
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  • Brett Taylor, Deputy Director, Technical Assistance Center for Court Innovation
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  • Honorable William E. Parnall, District Court Judge, Second Judicial District Court (NM), Children's Court Division
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  • Honorable William Bluehouse Johnson, Chief Justice, Isleta Appellate Court (NM)
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  • Honorable P.J. Herne, Chief Judge, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court, Akwesasne, New York

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