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What Can We Learn From Navajo Peacemaking?  

Author:  Joan  Zorza .

Source: Volume 05, Number 04, April/May 2000 , pp.49-50(2)

Domestic Violence Report

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Professor Donna Coker has examined Navajo women’s status and the impact of internal colonization and Navajo Peacemaking Court files in Window Rock (Arizona) and Shiprock (New Mexico), both part of the Navajo Nation. She has also talked extensively to peacemakers, peacemaker liaisons, family court judges, battered women’s activists, and justices of the Supreme Court, the Peacemaker Division coordinator and the solicitor general of the Navajo Nation to see how peacemaking works as a resolution in domestic violence cases. What she found was that while it is far from perfect, in some instances it can empower Navajo women and effect change.

Keywords: problems with peacemaking

Affiliations:  1: Editor, Domestic Violence Report.

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