Tribal Justice on PBS Tonight – Check Local Listings

Published August 21, 2017

NEW YORK – Four years in the making, Tribal Justice will at last reach a national television audience tonight – Monday, August 21st.

Watch it on PBS, or stream it free for a limited time during and after the broadcast by going to: visit:

In Tribal Justice, two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice.


A lovely, bittersweet film about an intensely delicate subject…. Veteran documentarian Anne Makepeace gets wonderful access. There is a reassuring wisdom to be found in the women Ms. Makepeace has made that movie about.
—John Anderson, The Wall Street JournalI love the film. It’s what I like most about art —
when it is devastating, and beautiful.

—Anna Deavere Smith, Actor, playwright, professor New York UniversityTribal Justice is an eloquent song, a song of resiliency and hope.
It is a song that needs to be sung in every state court justice system.
In this film, Tribal Judges Abinanti and White show us how.
We  owe them deep gratitude for sharing this gift.

—Timothy Connors. Presiding Judge, Washtenaw County
Peacemaking Court

Makepeace has made a film that is as gratifying as it is powerful…
a film that is as beautiful to watch as it is haunting, a story
rich in character and place.

—Bruce Murkoff, The Lakeville Journal and the Millerton News

Gritty, realistic, hopeful, and culturally grounded.
—Duane Champagne, Professor of Sociology and Amerian Indian Studies at UCLA and Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law

Phenomenal, emotional,captures tribal courts and two wonderful spirits.

—Judge Richard Blake, Chief Judge of the Hoopa Tribe

This film is a wonderful way to educate people about tribal sovereignty and the ways we use it to resolve disputes in our tribal communities.
—John Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund

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