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Indian Restorative Healing

Zion, James W
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Paper presented at “Dreaming of a New Reality,” the Third International Conference on Conferencing,
Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Downloaded 20 May 2004.

It was probably in 1992 – 20 years ago – when Chief Justice Robert Yazzie of the Navajo Nation and I made a trip to Washington, D.C. and I first learned about restorative justice. Someone gave me a chapter on it from a book by Dan Van Ness, probably the 1997 first edition of Restoring Justice. I read it, recognized the parallels between restorative justice and Navajo Peacemaking, and told Chief Justice Yazzie that restorative justice would be “hot” in the future. We attended the First International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices in Minneapolis in 1998, and went to Eastern Mennonite University for a one-day work session on whether the traditional Palestinian justice method of sulha could be replicated for use by others.Excerpt


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