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Peacemaking Courts

About this Course

This course introduction begins with the exploration of the roots of peacemaking from indigenous nations within our national border. Students will learn about differing world views, tribal justice systems (through Native voices), and tensions between Native justice systems and western model court systems. In addition, students will learn about current efforts to nurture communication, collaboration and common ground between the two. Finally, students will learn about the differences (and similarities) between mediation or facilitation, restorative justice and peacemaking.

 Thereafter, students will engage in exploring the practical application of peacemaking in state court justice systems in family, probate, civil and criminal proceedings. As part of that engagement, students will first conduct mock trials in various subject areas through a traditional adversarial model, and then through a peacemaking approach.

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Restorative Justice