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Navajo justice

Yazzie, Robert
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) YES! A Journal of Positive Futures (Fall).

In 2000 the Navajo Nation Council revised the Navajo Nation Criminal Code to eliminate prison sanctions for many offenses, to require peacemaking processes in criminal cases, and to ensure that courts address the rights of victims. Robert Yazzie, Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation, describes the reasons for these changes from a system based on European forms of criminal justice. He also discusses the nature of Navajo peacemaking.


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