- Individuals across Native America have been through the court system after being arrested on drug and alcohol charges. They can face fines and jail time in state or federal facilities. But some tribal courts are taking a different approach. Recently they’ve implemented tribal healing to wellness courts that deal with members who commit alcohol and drug related crimes and struggle with addiction. These courts are modeled after state drug courts but they are take into account culture and language as a part of treatment and healing. Each tribal court can be very different from the next. How exactly do they work? Do you think healing to wellness courts are a good idea? Do you think they could help the people in your community begin the process of healing?
Lauren Alvarado (Yurok) – graduate of the Yurok Healing to Wellness Court
Lauren van Schilfgaarede (Cochiti Pueblo) – tribal law specialist with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Chantel Cloud (Southern Ute) – judge for the Southern Ute Healing to Wellness Court
Regina Roanhourse (Navajo) – court administrator for the Navajo Nation Healing to Wellness Court
Jamie Mike (Navajo) – care coordinator for the Navajo Nation Healing to Wellness Court