On July 30, 2012, the Law & Order Committee of the Navajo Nation
Council unanimously approved the Peacemaking Program’s plan of
operations that sets forth the Program’s new traditional services,
which are extensive.
The Peacemaking Program plan of operation clarifies the roles of
the program and the courts and incorporates new enacted laws such
as the Alchíní bi Beehaz'áanii and the Vulnerable Adult Protection
The provisions of the new Plan of Operations reverse several
decades in which peacemaking has fundamentally changed as a result
of efforts to institutionalize peacemaking. The Program will
now strive to fully develop peacemaking in Diné communities.
The new plan reinforces the independence of the peacemakers,
clarifies the goal of peacemaking and reiterates the need for the
traditional components to be distinct and separate from
court-style processes. It replaces the Peacemaking Guidelines
established in 2004.
| For a printable .PDF booklet
of the Plan of Operations,
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