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An evaluation/assessment of Navajo peacemaking

Gross, Eric Kenneth
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University.

In this paper, the author presents a preliminary analysis of research data on Navajo peacemaking as an intervention in family conflict, especially in comparison with outcomes from conventional family court. Navajo peacemaking bears significant affinities to restorative justice in that both focus on conflict resolution through relational healing, though Gross also notes critical ways in which it differs from other restorative models. Gross begins by rooting Navajo peacemaking in Navajo traditional beliefs and cultural organization, and he discusses the etiology of violence in Navajo country. After identifying his experimental design, he summarizes the research findings, and draws conclusions about the effectiveness of Navajo peacemaking.


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