The Problem of Justice

The Problem of Justice

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For the indigenous peoples of North America, the history of colonialism has often meant a distortion of history, even, in some cases, a loss or distorted sense of their own native practices of justice. How contemporary native communities have dealt quite differently with this dilemma is the subject of The Problem of Justice, a richly textured ethnographic study of indigenous peoples struggling to reestablish control over justice in the face of conflicting external and internal pressures. The peoples discussed in this book are the Coast Salish communities along the northwest coast of North America: the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe in Washington State, the StAc:lo Nation in British Columbia, and the South Island Tribal Council on Vancouver Island. Here we see how, despite their common heritage and close ties, each of these communities has taken a different direction in understanding and establishing a system of tribal justice. Describing the results?from the steadily expanding independence and jurisdiction of the Upper Skagit Court to the collapse of the South Island Justice Project?Bruce G. Miller advances an ethnographically informed, comparative, historically based understanding of aboriginal justice and the particular dilemmas tribal leaders and community members face. His work makes a persuasive case for an indigenous sovereignty associated with tribally controlled justice programs that recognize diversity and at the same time allow for internal dissent.(Globe and Mail, 10 May 1999, A13) In addition to the public focus on the issues of particularism (privileging onea#39;s own family), ... (see, as examples, LaRocque 1997; Fiske 1993, 1996, 1997-98; Nahanee 1993; Monture-Angus 1995; see also Bell 1988). ... These issues were particularly evident during the constitutional debates surrounding the Charlottetown (Constitutional) Accord in 1992, when aanbsp;...

Title:The Problem of Justice
Author: Bruce Granville Miller
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2001

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