Peacemaking and Use of Circles for Community Purposes Annual Gathering

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August 9, 2017 (All day)
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This Gathering presents a rare, rich and unique opportunity for the Pokagon Band community to enhance our sovereignty by exploring the traditional use of circles for community purposes. The purpose of this Training, which is our next step in our journey to: (1) enhance our skills utilized in the community-based Native Justice Initiative; and (2) to continue building culturally-appropriate justice systems for the Tribal Court.

Faculty will help us: (1) broaden our understanding of how other Tribal communities utilize Peace Circles; (2) sharpen our Peace Circle skills through teaching exercises; and (3) enhance the skills that we have previously learned by participating in practice peace circles.

We will continue to learn about the skills necessary for Circle Keepers to successfully facilitate circles. In addition, we will gain practical experience by observing and participating in practice circles to deal with Native-based issues, problems, and conflict.


Shawn Watts Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Associate Director of the Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Program at Columbia Law School.

JoAnne Cook Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Ernie St. Germaine Lac du Flambeau Tribe

Lunch is provided on August 9 + 10 and a traditional feast is provided on August 11.

Contact Stacey Gettig, Native Justice Initiative Support Staff, at (269) 783-0505 or with any questions.