Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Navajo Justice

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Navajo Justice

There are three truths: my truth, your truth and the truth.

- Chinese proverb -

Navajo Justice

In January 2000, the Navajo Nation Council decided to revamp the Navajo Nation Criminal Code by, among other things, requiring the use of peacemaking in criminal cases. The Council formally incorporated into its criminal code the traditional concept of "nalyeeh" -- the process of confronting someone who hurts others with an intention to talk out the action and its consequences. Through this bold experiment, the Navajo Nation sought to find alternate ways to deal with crimes, and found that the answers may lie in dealing with actions, not actors, allowing people to face and solve their own problems, using peacemaking for crime prevention, and rewriting old scripts. { read more }

Be The Change

Take a moment to reflect on an "old script" in your life that may need to be rewritten. How can you bring the Navajo perspective of peacemaking to it? This Saturday join an Awakin Call with Robert Yazzie, Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation. RSVP details and more here. { more }

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