tribal justice systems toolbox

TOOLS FOR ACTION

We believe everyone possesses the ability to construct creative solutions for their community. The Justice Systems Toolbox is designed to help you effect change from where you are.

+ What We Do

We provide quality resources to help guide you towards applications of the mindset, principles, and practices of successful tribal justice systems. The Justice Systems Toolbox is designed to help you effect positive change in your nation’s system.

+ How We Do It

We believe everyone possesses the ability to construct creative solutions for their community. To provide adequate tools for your nation building journey the featured resources are tailored by experts and innovators. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re already an expert, the featured resources will help your Native nation reach its nation building goals.

The Tribal Justice Systems Toolbox is authored and curated by Judge Korey Wahwassuck (Leech lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court), Jennifer Fahey (Advocate and Criminal justice Consultant), and Dr. Miriam Jorgensen (Research Director, Harvard Project and the Native Nations Institute).

+ The Home Team

The lessons and frameworks in the Justice Systems Toolbox draw on years of rich quantitative and qualitative data provided by the Native Nations Institute, and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and its Honoring Nations Awards program.

+ Our Impact

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute (NNI) work for and with American Indian tribes in the United States and Indigenous communities around the world to foster effective self-governance and self-determination. The Harvard Project and NNI provide research and resources that document and disseminate the efforts and achievements of Indigenous peoples’ contemporary struggles for self-determination. The lessons learned are acknowledged to be key foundations of the “nation building” movement that now defines the worldwide Indigenous renaissance.

+ How to Build a Toolbox of Your Own

Nation Building Toolboxes are a shared effort to create and disseminate concrete and usable knowledge, strategies, and approaches to capacity-building for Indigenous communities’ self-determination and self-governance. Do you have a manual, a guide, a how-to video, or other useful materials that you would like to make available to other leaders and decision makers? If so, we hope you will consider using these Toolboxes as a platform for reaching out to those who can benefit from your work. If you would like to discuss a potential contribution, contact hpaied@hks.harvard.edu.

+ What Do You Need?

Learn the Basics of Tribal Justice Systems
Explore Innovative Tribal Justice Systems
Grow My Tribal Justice System
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+ Disclaimer

The Justice Systems Toolbox contains a sampling of the excellent materials available in various media formats for those interested in tribal justice systems. It is meant as a beginning resource, a starting place for those wishing to learn more. The Justice Systems Toolbox is a “living resource” meant to be updated and further developed over time.

The Justice Systems Toolbox is not meant to constitute legal advice or to substitute for the advice of a qualified attorney. But it will help you to form questions to ask your attorney if you are developing or expanding your court system.