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Navajo Nation Courts and Peacemaking: Restorative Justice Issues

Nielsen, Marianne O.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) In, Nielsen, Marianne O. and Zion, James W., editors, Navaja Nation Peacemaking. Living Traditional Justice. The University of Arizona Press. Tucson pp.143-153

Peacemaking as carried out by Navajo peacemakers is a form of restorative justice, but the basic principles of peacemaking predate Euro-based restorative justice models and programs by centuries. Because the current peacemaking program is the result of different cultural processes, peacemaking may have already surmounted many of the issues that are of concern about restorative justice programs operating in the dominant society. Some of these solutions may be of use to non-Native American programs, but some will not because of their rootedness in Navajo (Dine’) specific cultural practices and values. This chapter contains a short comparison of peacemaking principles and the restorative justice model and a discussion of ten issues that have been raised about restorative justice programs and how these may or may not apply to peacemaking. (excerpt)


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