Tribal Justice Forum features panel discussions, documentary

Tribal Justice Forum features panel discussions, documentary

Native American judges (all front) Claudette White (left) and Abby Abinati (right) pose with "Tribal Justice" filmmaker Anne Makepeace during the documentary premiere at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. White and Makepeace will take part in Nebraska's Tribal Justice Forum on Nov. 27-28. Also pictured are White's relatives (from left) Dorena, Zion and Mary.
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Native American judges (all front) Claudette White (left) and Abby Abinati (right) pose with "Tribal Justice" filmmaker Anne Makepeace during the documentary premiere at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. White and Makepeace will take part in Nebraska's Tribal Justice Forum on Nov. 27-28. Also pictured are White's relatives (from left) Dorena, Zion and Mary.

The 2017 Tribal Justice Forum is a two-day event featuring seven indigenous women working toward tribal justice in academic, legal and cultural venues throughout the country, and a screening of the award-winning film from Vision Maker Media.

The event is Nov. 27 and 28 in the McCollum Hall and Nebraska Union auditoriums, respectively. Events on the first day are 5:30 to 7 p.m., while day two is 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The forum will open with a panel discussion featuring an executive, historian and judge all working to promote Native women's access to justice within and beyond tribal communities.

Participants will learn about past and present practices making women particularly vulnerable members of communities, hearing from those working as advocates and reformers. Audience members have the opportunity for dialogue and exchange with panelists following the presentation.

Panelists are Jacki Rand, Shirley Sneve and Claudette White. The moderator is Margaret Huettl.

Doors for the lecture open at 5 p.m. at McCollum Hall Auditorium in the Nebraska College of Law. Seating is open, not reserved. Parking is available for free in East Campus lots directly south and west of the College of Law.

Registration for the first day of the forum is available online.

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Trailer: Tribal Justice

The second day of this event includes a screening of “Tribal Justice,” a co-production of Anne Makepeace Productions, Vision Maker Media and American Documentary.

The film centers on two Native American judges who reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, the judges are modeling restorative systems that are working.

Following the film, the audience will hear from a local practitioner of Indian law in addition to the filmmaker and featured judge regarding their experiences pursuing tribal justice in and beyond Indian Country, and will have an opportunity to discuss the film's significance with the panelists. The panelists are Anne Makepeace, Lindsey Schuler and Claudette White. The moderator is Rebekka Schlichting.

Doors for the screening open at 6 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. Garage and metered parking will be available.

Registration for the second day of the forum is available online.

This forum is free and open to the public. It is offered in cooperation with Nebraska's Native American studies program, the Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Law, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services and the Women's and Gender Studies program.

For more information, contact Margaret Huettl at mhuettl2@unl.edu or Katrina Jagodinsky at kjagodinsky@unl.edu.