'Tribal Justice' Earns Best Documentary Film Award

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'Tribal Justice' Earns Best Documentary Film Award

At the 42nd Annual American Indian Film Festival last month, Tribal Justice, directed by Anne A. Makepeace, won the Award for Best Documentary Film. This film introduces audiences to the practice of restorative justice, an alternative justice system that two tribal courts. This is the fourth award for the documentary--Best Documentary Feature, Charlotte Film Festival; Grand Prize, Montreal First Peoples Festival; Director Award: Documentary, Cinetopia Film Festival.

This film introduces audiences to the practice of restorative justice, an alternative justice system that two tribal courts are now employing in California. Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok tribe of Northern California, and Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribe of Southern California, the two largest California Indian tribes, are now leading the way with innovative systems that focus on ending the school-to-prison pipeline, preventing children from being taken away from their communities, and keeping tribal members out of prison. 

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