Source: (2006) Wicazo SA Review. 21(1):29-41.

In this paper, we suggest that one can view American Indian justice historically as a multidimensional web that contains preventative as well as restorative mechanisms that together function to maintain justice, at least justice as fairness. Today, implementation of many crime - reduction programs within Indian country focuses primarily on the restorative aspects of justice. However, restorative justice, which usually is set within imposed Eurocentric - driven judicial systems, is only part of the solution to creating and/or fostering justice within American Indian communities. The time may have come to rediscover and implement the preventative mechanism, as well as the restorative, so that the web of justice can be restored and true healing may take place. (excerpt)