Tribal Justice Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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Anne Makepeace — writer, producer, and director of the award winning documentary 'Tribal Justice,' led a panel discussion about the film at the University of Minnesota's Elmer L. Andersen Library on November 5, 2018. The documentary is about tribal judges who create compassionate and effective justice systems from their traditions and model restorative justice in action. Panelists were Minnesota State Supremem Court Justice Anne McKeig (of Ojibwe descent) and Judge Laurie Vilas (White Earth Nation).

About the film
Tribal Justice is a documentary feature about a little known, underreported but effective criminal justice reform movement in America: the efforts of tribal courts to create alternative systems of justice. There are more than 300 tribal courts across the country.

In California, two formidable women lead the way. Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe on the north coast, and Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribe in the southern desert, are creating innovative systems that 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.

About the exhibit
The film screening of Tribal Justice is part of the event programming related to an exhibit of archival materials at Elmer L. Andersen Library:
"Such a Big Dream: Edward S. Curtis at 150," co-curated by Tim Johnson and by Christopher Cardozo, widely acknowledged as the world’s leading authority on Edward S. Curtis.

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