Community, restoration, and balance: these are the goals and tenets of Peacemaking in tribal courts.Peacemaking is centered on customary and traditional laws and the values of the community.Through these values and traditional laws, Peacemaking courts reconnect individuals to their communities and the values within those communities.The judge in a Peacemaking Court seeks to help the parties involved arrive at a solution without the use the punitive measures or reprimand.The Peacemaking Court seeks to restore relationships, not to render judgement or assign fault to any one person.
The film Tribal Justice documents the role of Peacemaking in the communities of two tribal court judges in California.In the trailer of the film, the tribal court judge communicates and meaningfully interacts with those in the Peacemaking court.Peacemaking is solution-oriented, and the purpose of Peacemaking is to help individuals restore their relationships to their community and those in their lives.There are no stringent formalities or formal hierarchy between the parties and the judge as one might find in adversarial Western courts.The goal of Peacemaking is not to punish or judge, but to empower individuals to strengthen and improve their relationship to their community through traditional law.
Savanna Duran, 3L, is the Submissions Editor for the Tribal Law Journal. She enjoys reading the new articles submitted for publication and getting to know incoming TLJ board and staff. Savanna joined TLJ because she wanted tobe in theSouthwest Indian Law Clinic and thought that being on the journal would help her learn about Native American issues.
She hopes to work with the Native American and Hispanic Communities as a practicing attorney, specifically in public interest law such as policy work and legislative issues.
Savanna was born and raised in Albuquerque and has started a family of her own. She has a supportive husband, Paul, and a beautiful, energetic baby boy, Sevastian, who is 3 years old.
She is currently a member of the Native American Law Student Association and the Immigration Law Student Association on campus and has done an externship with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. Savanna came to the UNM School of Law because she liked the environment of the school and was interested in the well-known clinical program. As far as her experience with TLJ, she is impressed by the progress we have made and how well we have worked as a group.
See generally, Tribal Justice (Vision Maker Media), http://www.pbs.org/pov/tribaljustice/ (last visited Mar. 11, 2019); Susan J. Butterwick, Timothy P. Connors, and Kathleen M. Howard, Tribal Court Peacemaking: A Model for the Michigan State Court System?, 94 Mich. B. J. 34, 35 at 36-37 (2015).
Nicholas A. Robinson, Elizabeth Burleson, and Lin-Heng Lye, Introduction to Tribal Sovereignty. 3 Comparative Environmental Law and Regulation § 56A:2 (2018).
See generally Butterwick et. al., supranote 1, at 37.
Robinson et. al., supraat note 2.
See generally Tribal Justice (Vision Maker Media), http://www.pbs.org/pov/tribaljustice/ (last visited Mar. 11, 2019); Jennifer Hendry, Melissa L. Tatum, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, and the Pursuit of Justice, 34 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 352, 361-62 (2016).