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This paper provides a brief overview of the Navajo Nation’s Peacemaker process. This process is unique in that it is taken directly from the traditional methods of dispute resolution used throughout the history of the Navajo people, while embedded in the more mainstream American-style court system currently being used by the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation. It is precisely this blending of a smaller culture’s traditional dispute resolution with the dominant society’s methodology that makes it interesting to both theorists and practitioners. The Navajo Peacemaker process makes it possible for Navajos to preserve a part of their cultural heritage, while also cooperating with the dominant, mainstream society.