The historical involvement of Native peoples within the criminal justice system is a narrative of tragedy and injustice, yet Native American experience in this system has not been well studied. Despite disproportionate representation of Native Americans in the criminal justice system, far more time has been spent studying other minority groups. Native Americans, Crime, and Justice is the first book in many years to provide students with a comprehensive overview of Native Americans and the unique challenges they face as justice is meted out, both in the United States and Canada. Crossing disciplines, this important anthology, which includes the voices of both Native Americans and non-Native Americans, provides students in criminology, sociology, and Native American studies courses with articles ranging from the scholarly to the more humanistic, Also included are a number of news accounts that complement the other pieces with a sense of immediacy and timeliness about the involvement of Native Americans in the criminal justice system. Students and general readers alike will come away from reading this collection with a better, more informed understanding of Native Americans, crime, and justice, whether they are learning about the unique problem of tribal versus federal jurisdiction on Indian lands, patterns of Native American crime, the process of decisionmaking in tribal courts, or Native American delinquency.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Context -- The New York Times Yearning to Breathe Free -- Albuquerque (New Mexico) Tribune -- Contextualization for Native American Crime and Criminal Justice Involvement -- Justice and Native Peoples -- Law -- Ann Arbor (Michigan) News Conflicting Cultures -- Self-Determination and American Indian Justice -- Traditional Approaches to Tribal Justice -- Crime -- Tulsa (Oklahoma) World Tribes Find Solution to Child Abuse Law Gap -- Associated Press More Indian Kids Joining Gangs -- Patterns of Native American Crime -- Native American Delinquency -- Trends in Indian Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Use -- Hazho's Sokee'—Stay Together Nicely -- Police -- Law and Order The Oneida Tribal Police -- Taking Control -- Policing the Last Frontier -- Courts -- The (Toronto) Globe and Mail Aboriginal Justice Cited as Way to Combat Crime -- Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune Who's the Law of the Land? -- (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star Navajo Project Links Culture to Legal Realm -- Leaving Our White Eyes Behind -- The Process of Decision Making in Tribal Courts -- Hozhooji NAAT' AANII -- Sentencing -- Associated Press Banished Teens Sent to Prison -- Minneapolis (Minnesota) Star Tribune Peltier's 3rd Try for New Trial Rejected -- Discriminatory Imposition of the Law -- "I Fought the Law and the Law Won" -- Corrections -- The Durango Herald Sweating It Out -- American Indians in Prison -- Discrimination Revisited -- Aboriginal Spirituality in Corrections -- Justice Initiatives -- Edmonton Journal Counselling Judged to Give Natives a Fairer Shake -- Edmonton Journal Brothers Hold Court for Troubled Natives -- Finding the Ways of the Ancestors -- The Nechi Institute on Alcohol and Drug Education -- The Future for Native American Prisoners -- Afterword -- Hartford (Connecticut) Courant A Justice System Develops, Based on Tribal Law -- Major Issues in Native American Involvement in the Criminal Justice System