Tribal Justice

Interviews

'Peace Must Begin With Me': An Interview with Syracuse Peacemaker Carl Thomas

'Peace Must Begin With Me': An Interview with Syracuse Peacemaker Carl Thomas

Carl Thomas is a trained volunteer peacemaker with the Near Westside Peacemaking Project, an initiative of the Syracuse office of the Center for Court Innovation. Thomas sat down with Sarah Reckess, director of the Syracuse office, to talk about his interest in peacemaking, the challenges of the work, and how the community can begin to heal itself.

Sarah Reckess: Why were you interested in being part of the Near Westside Peacemaking Project?

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Peacemaking: How Native American Elders Use Tradition to Support Offender Reintegration

Peacemaking: How Native American Elders Use Tradition to Support Offender Reintegration

During a visit by the Tribal Justice Exchange to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington State, Robert V. Wolf talks with two elders--Matthew Dick Jr. and Darlene Wilder--and a client about peacemaking, a traditional Native American approach to resolving both criminal and civil issues. May 2012

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Chief Justice Herb Yazzie, Navajo Nation

Chief Justice Herb Yazzie, Navajo Nation

Emily Gold spoke with Herb Yazzie, Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation, about his thoughts on collaboration, defining success, and the personal and professional experiences that shaped him as a leader.

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Tribal Courts and Families: Native American Sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Tribal Courts and Families: Native American Sovereignty and the Indian Child Welfare Act

Theresa Pouley, chief judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court in Washington State, Michael Petoskey, chief judge of the Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan, and William A. Thorne Jr., a Pomo/Coast Miwok Indian appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals, discuss the Indian Child Welfare Act and the advantages of transferring child welfare cases from state to tribal jurisdiction. This is one of three podcasts produced in collaboration with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

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'Each One's a Success When They Walk Through That Door': Creating and Sustaining a Tribal Peacemaking Program

'Each One's a Success When They Walk Through That Door': Creating and Sustaining a Tribal Peacemaking Program

Peacemaker Administrator Anna Francis-Jack discusses tribal history and how The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington State have launched and grown their peacemaking program. (May 2012)

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Podcast: Problem-Solving Justice in Indian Country: The Navajo Nation Plans a Pilot Community Court

Podcast: Problem-Solving Justice in Indian Country: The Navajo Nation Plans a Pilot Community Court

Court Administrator Susie Martin and Chief Probation Officer Lucinda Yellowhair explain how the Navajo Nation's pilot community court will draw on their culture's traditional restorative justice principles. Martin and Yellowhair discussed the Navajo initiative with Robert V. Wolf and Aaron Arnold of the Center for Court Innovation during a November visit by members of the planning team to the Red Hook Community Justice Center.

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Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge, Yurok Tribal Court, Klamath, California, and California Superior Court Commissioner

Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge, Yurok Tribal Court, Klamath, California, and California Superior Court Commissioner

Abby Abinanti has served as Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribal Court since 2007. Here she discusses the creation of the Tribal Court Association (Yurok, Hoopa, Karuk, and Smith River tribes), the establishment of a cultural competency course in the tribal wellness court, and her experience bridging the gap between the tribal justice system and the state justice system. This interview was originally published in the Fall 2009 Journal of Court Innovation.

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B.J. Jones, Tribal Court Judge and Director, Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota

B.J. Jones, Tribal Court Judge and Director, Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota

B.J. Jones serves as a tribal court judge for over 10 different tribal nations and currently serves as director of the Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Here he shares his experiences working in both tribal and state courts and the fundamental lesson he’s learned: that solutions come from communities. This interview was originally published in the Fall 2009 Journal of Court Innovation.

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Barbara Smith, Chief Justice, Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court, Ada, Oklahoma

Barbara Smith, Chief Justice, Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court, Ada, Oklahoma

Barbara Smith is currently serving her third term as Chief Justice of the Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court. Prior to this appointment, she served as District Court Judge for the Chickasaw Nation. In this interview she discusses the importance of understanding Native culture in the courtroom, and the role of peacemaking in tribal justice systems. This interview was originally published in the Fall 2009 Journal of Court Innovation.

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Darrell Dowty, Associate Justice, Cherokee Supreme Court, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Darrell Dowty, Associate Justice, Cherokee Supreme Court, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Darrell Dowty serves as Associate Justice of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court and maintains a private law practice in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He also currently serves as Associate Justice of the Kaw Nation Supreme Court, as well as judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation District Court and the Sac and Fox Nation District Court.

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David Raasch, Judge, Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Court, Bowler, Wisconsin

David Raasch, Judge, Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Court, Bowler, Wisconsin

David Raasch currently serves as Associate Judge of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Court, and he provides training and technical assistance to tribal communities as a tribal court specialist with Fox Valley Technical College. Here he discusses his role as a proponent of the peacemaking approach and his insight into the lingering distrust between tribal and state justice systems. This interview was originally published in the Fall 2009 Journal of Court Innovation.

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Irene Black, District Court Judge, Navajo Nation, Aneth, Utah

Irene Black serves as District Court Judge for the Aneth Judicial District, one of ten judicial districts within the Navajo Nation. She spoke with the Center in July 2010 about her role in planning a community court in Indian Country.

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Joseph Flies-Away, Former Chief Judge, Hualapai Tribal Courts, Peach Springs, Arizona

Joseph Flies-Away, Former Chief Judge, Hualapai Tribal Courts, Peach Springs, Arizona

Joseph Flies-Away formerly served as Chief Judge of the Hualapai Tribal Court, and he currently serves as pro tem judge for several tribal courts in the Southwest. In addition, Mr. Flies-Away works as a Community Nation Building Consultant in Phoenix, Arizona. He spoke with the Center in May 2010 about his experience as a tribal court judge and his vision for the future of the tribal judiciary.

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Korey Wahwassuck, Associate Judge, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court, Cass Lake, Minnesota

Korey Wahwassuck, Associate Judge, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court, Cass Lake, Minnesota

Judge Wahwassuck currently serves as Associate Judge of the Leech Lake Tribal Court. She has been a leader in developing the first joint jurisdiction tribal-state courts in the nation: the Leech Lake-Cass County Wellness Court, developed in 2006, and the Leech Lake-Itasca County Wellness Court, developed in 2007. Here she describes the creation of these historic partnerships and the importance of tribal-state court collaboration. This interview was originally published in the Fall 2009 Journal of Court Innovation.

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P.J. Herne, Chief Judge, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court, Akwesasne, New York

P.J. Herne, Chief Judge, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court, Akwesasne, New York

P.J. Herne currently serves as Chief Judge of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and has previously worked as a prosecutor and defense attorney in Franklin County, New York. Here he speaks about the challenges of expanding a tribal justice system and opening the lines of communication between tribal and state courts. This interview was originally published in the Fall 2009 Journal of Court Innovation.

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