Criminal Justice in Native America
256 pages, 6 x 9
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Release Date:09 Apr 2009

Criminal Justice in Native America

The University of Arizona Press
Native Americans are disproportionately represented as offenders in the U.S. criminal justice system, particularly in the southwestern and north-central regions. However, until recently there was little investigation into the reasons for their over-representation. Furthermore, there has been little acknowledgment of the positive contributions of Native Americans to the criminal justice system—in rehabilitating offenders, aiding victims, and supporting service providers. This book offers a valuable and contemporary overview of how the American criminal justice system impacts Native Americans on both sides of the law.

Each of the fourteen chapters of Criminal Justice in Native America was commissioned specifically for this volume. Contributors—many of whom are Native Americans—rank among the top scholars in their fields. Some of the chapters treat broad subjects, including crime, police, courts, victimization, corrections, and jurisdiction. Others delve into more specific topics, including hate crimes against Native Americans, state-corporate crimes against Native Americans, tribal peacemaking, and cultural stresses of police officers. Separate chapters are devoted to women and juveniles.

The well-known scholar Marianne Nielsen provides a context-setting introduction, in which she addresses the history of the legal treatment of Native Americans in the United States as well as a provocative conclusion that details important issues for current and future research in Native American criminal justice studies. Intended to introduce students to the substantive concerns of a range of disciplines that contribute to Native American Studies—among them, criminal justice and criminology, law, sociology, and anthropology—Criminal Justice in Native America will interest all readers who are concerned about relationships between Native peoples and prevailing criminal justice systems.
Nielsen shows increased sophistication in her understanding of the historical and contemporary dynamics of internal colonization and the consequent relationship to crime in Indian country.’ —Choice
Marianne O. Nielsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. She is the editor, with Robert A. Silverman, of Native Americans, Crime, and Justice and Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice.

1 Introduction to the Context of Native American Criminal Justice Involvement
Marianne O. Nielsen
2 Patterns of Native American Crime, 1984–2005
Robert A. Silverman
3 Ha’áłchíní, haadaah náásdah / “They’re Not Going to Be Young Forever”: Juvenile Criminal Justice
Jon’a Meyer
4 Criminal Justice Challenges for Native American Women
Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox
5 Finding Their Way: Challenges and Resources of American Indian Victims of Sexual Assault
Sherry Hamby
6 “It’s Just the Way Life Is Here”: Hate Crime Against Native Americans
Barbara Perry
7 Native Americans and Uranium Mining as State-Corporate Crime
Linda Robyn
8 The Jurisdictional Jungle: Navigating the Path
John F. Cardani
9 More than Just a Red Light in Your Rearview Mirror
Eileen Luna-Firebaugh
10 Policing On and Off the Reservation: Sources of Individual Stress
Larry A. Gould
11 Beyond Colonialism: Indian Courts in the Present and Future
James W. Zion
12 “How Do We Get Rid of Crime? Restore It to Harmony”: Tribal Peacemaking as an Alternative to Modern Courts
Jon’a Meyer
13 The Search for the Silver Arrow: Assessing Tribal-Based Healing Traditions and Ceremonies in Indian Country Corrections
William G. Archambeault
14 Present and Future Issues for Native American Criminal Justice
Marianne O. Nielsen

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