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“Walking Together in a Good Way: Indian Peacemaker Courts in Michigan”

Costello, Nancy A.
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. 76: 875-901

The Peacemaker Court, established by the Grand Traverse Band in 1996, allows disputes that would otherwise be handled by judges and attorneys to be settled by tribal members who simply “talk things out” with the help of a peacemaker. The ultimate goal of the peacemaking process is to heal the minds, spirits, physical beings, and emotions of all parties involved, including the wrongdoer, the victim, and their families. By so doing, the harmony of the tribal community is restored. (excerpt)


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