Implement Peacemaking

Be sure also to check our page of existing tribal codes and models.

October 27-29, 2015 - Training: Basics of Peacemaking (Pine Ridge Reservation): Two one-day trainings for local community members interested in traditional dispute resolution as an alternative to courts.

December 7-9, 2015 - The Indian Child Welfare Summit (St. Paul, MN): This 2-1/2 day conference, co-sponsored by the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians Economic Development Authority/Tribal Enterprises, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the National American Indian Court Judges Association, and Columbia Law School, will cover new ICWA rules and regulations, recent cases, traditional methods of dispute resolution, potential reform of the Act. Includes a special session on peacemaking. Room rate $115 per night by November 13.

December 14-16, 2015 - Advanced Peacemaking Training (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi): Advanced training for local community members interested in exploring enhanced peacemaking applicaitons in their justice system.

Archived Conference Materials:

October 24, 2014—International Indigenous Therapeutic Jurisprudence (online summary compilation): See a 13-minute compilation of the speakers at the University of British Columbia conference to learn about International Indigenous Therapeutic Jurisprudence from First Nations, Maori, Koori and Native American Judges & Elders. Speakers from indigenous communities in the Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. spoke on traditional dispute resolution systems, healing capacity, as well as some of the effects of historical and ongoing trauma we all have to navigate so pervasively in our communities.

October 6, 2014—TRADITIONAL PEACEMAKING: Exploring the Intersections between Tribal Courts and Peacemaking, Including Alternatives to Detention (online archive of conference materials): Available at the National Indian Law Library website.

DUE DATE: Various
The Bureau of Justice periodically offers grants to assist tribal justice systems and programs that support reentry and reduce recidivism. To see the grants that currently are available visit the Bureau of Justice web page on funding.


The advisory committee of the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative (IPI) combined has decades of experience implementing peacemaking programs. If you would like assistance implementing peacemaking in your tribe or Native community, we may be able to help. In the past, members of our committee have given presentations, developed curricula, and provided training and technical assistance. Please contact Scott Jacket at 303-447-8760 to discuss how we might be able to assist you.

Find out what is happening in other tribes, by viewing the results of the IPI 2011 survey results and the subsequent analysis.


Tribal Court Peacemaking: A Model for the Michigan State Court System? Susan J. Butterwick, Hon. Timothy P. Connors, and Kathleen M. Howard. Michigan Bar Journal. 94-JUN Mich. B.J. 34 (June 2015)

Red Hook peacemaking program : program guide for court referrals
2014. Center for Court Innovation.

Navajo Peacemaking: Implications For State Justice Systems From Indigenous Practice. Honorable Robert Yazzie. Justice as Healing: A Newsletter on Aboriginal Concepts of Justice. 2013. Vol. 18, No. 4

Improving State Court-Tribal Court Relations. Judge Leonard Edwards. The Bench (Summer 2015)