Tribal Justice: What It Is And Why We Need To Safeguard It

The term Tribal Justice refers to the dispensing of justice for people belonging to tribal communities. In the US, the concept of Tribal Justice is very much related to the safeguard of Native American communities around the national territory. However, an approach to Tribal Justice can be found wherever there are small minorities, or tribal communities living together with people from the modern society and accepting their social and cultural paradigms. Tribal Justice Departments all around the world take care of running cyclic Tribal Justice Programs, with the aim of ensuring law protection to social minorities which are less represented in the

Tribal Justice Programs are frequently run by governmental organizations, and may have very different purposes; here is an Overview of Tribal Justice Program around the world (as they very different types can be run for many different reasons):

1) Re-introduction of traditional justice practices: many tribal communities have been forced to adopt the modern world’s justice practices, which very often do not correspond to the practices they were used to using.

2) Development of a system of alternatives to incarceration.

3) Development of after-schools groups for tribal youth in order to prevent them from committing crimes. Kids belonging to Tribal Communities can sometimes find it hard to bond with people from different cultures, because of the several different habits typical of social minorities. It is indeed very important to follow these individuals more closely, as a part of a crime prevention strategy.

4) Development of partnerships with local entities with the aim of creating additional bed space for people belonging to tribal communities. Integration is, in fact, on of the government’s main interests in order to preserve a good balance between tribal communities and modern society.

5) Cultural training: cyclic training lessons aimed at the diffusion of general knowledge about the modern society’s habits can be a valid help for people belonging to Tribal Communities. The process of understanding western people’s lifestyles is not always straight-forward. People need to be patiently trained, as cultural ignorance is the number one cause of troubles between communities.

These are just some of the main projects developed by government authorities: we hope that this overview of tribal justice program could help you understanding the variety of initiatives that can be run in order to encourage and strengthen cultural integration. In fact, the main focus of such projects is that of preserving the rights of people belonging to Tribal Communities. Governmental Organization basically want to make sure that people belonging to these communities are able to keep and maintain their own lifestyles, and are not being forced to adapt themselves to the mainstream community lifestyle (which is usually so much different!).

Tribal Justice is just a part of the prevention of cultural and social integration, but it is indeed a prominent part.

In fact, the foundation of a civil and peaceful co-existence between Tribal Communities and Modern Society is based on the right of the people belonging to each of these communities to keep preserving and maintaining their cultural identities.

There are several Native American reservations that allow visitors such as  Navajo Central in Arizona. There are also organized tours one could take to understand these tribes better. Its a good idea to be covered by trip cancellation insurance in case the trip has to be interrupted or even cancelled.

More information can be found from the tribal departments of The United States Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance