Tribal Justice? Reporting on Crime in Native America

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On June 25 and 26th 2010, 18 journalists from across the country gathered with preeminent experts in tribal justice at The University of New Mexico School Of Law for a specialized reporting institute. The Institute, one of a series of advanced journalism workshops on pressing topics supported annually by the Chicago-based McCormick Foundation, is co-sponsored by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), the Department of Communication &Journalism at University of New Mexico, the School of Law at the University of New Mexico and the Native American Journalists Association.

Topics discussed included: jurisdictional issues on and off reservation, violence against women, substance abuse use among native population, and the theft of native art and cultural artifacts. Speakers included: Brendan Johnson, U.S. Attorney, District of South Dakota, Bernadine Martin, Chief Prosecutor, Navajo Nation, Everett Little Whiteman, Director of Public Safety, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Marcus MacCaskill, Special Agent, FBI, and Tracy Toulou, Director of the Office of Tribal Justice, Department of Justice.

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