Documentary Film: Tribal Justice with Director Anne Makepeace
Time: 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
The second Monday in October is increasingly observed as Native American or Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In recognition of this holiday, we have invited Anne Makepeace to present her award-winning film Tribal Justice. The film documents the efforts of tribal courts in this country to create alternative systems based on traditional, community-healing concepts of justice. These focus on restoring rather than punishing offenders in order to keep tribal members out of prison, prevent children from being taken from their communities, and stop the school-to-prison pipeline that plagues their young people. The film introduces audiences to two strong judges, both formidable Native American women, who are among those leading the way. By following compelling and dramatic cases in California, the state with the largest number of Indian people and tribes, the film is inspiring new ideas about ways to lower the staggering incarceration rates and enable offenders to make reparations and rebuild their lives. Director Anne Makepeace will facilitate a discussion at the conclusion of the film.