Navajo Peacemaking: An Indigenous Restorative Justice Practice


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

3 ET | 2 CT | 1 MT | 12 PT | 11 AK

The National AI/AN Childhood Trauma TSA, Category II, and the National AI/AN MHTTC K-12 School Mental Health Program invite you to learn about the philosophy and practice of Navajo Peacemaking as it is practiced on Diné Bikéyah. Navajo Peacemaking was used by Diné for millennia so that numerous beings could coexist in peace. Learn the process and components of Navajo Peacemaking and how it centers Diné knowledge and teachings. Navajo Peacemaking can be applied to resolve conflict, restore balance and wellness, respond to and heal trauma, and achieve Hózhó, the Diné philosophy of harmony, in various settings. Consider the use of Indigenous restorative justice practices with Indigenous populations to resolve conflict and maintain harmony.

Meet the Presenter:

Dr. Paulina Whitehat, PhD, is Diné, a citizen of the Navajo Nation of northern Arizona. She is a Research Associate in the Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP) in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, where she earned a Ph.D. in Special Education and Clinical Sciences. She worked with the Northwest Indian Languages Institute (NILI) to develop and provide professional development for classroom teachers and school administrators regarding educational policy and Native language revitalization. Her research is focused on redressing the effects of adverse events so that individuals with/out disabilities have opportunities to experience academic, professional, and personal success and positively contribute to their community. The primary focus of her work is on effecting educational policies and countering the effects of poverty, disabilities, and trauma experienced by Indigenous students and other individuals who are historically underrepresented in school settings.

For more information, contact:

Kevin Simmons, MS
Grand Ronde/Muckleshoot
Program Manager, National AI/AN MHTTC K-12 School Mental Health Program


Liz Saathoff, MPH, CHES
Program Coordinator, National AI/AN Childhood Trauma TSA Center, Category II


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