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Tribal Justice introduces audiences to two strong judges who are forging innovative justice systems in their tribal courts. By following compelling and dramatic cases in and out of their courts, the film shows how their methods work, and is inspiring new ideas in broad ranging events and conversations across the country.

Director Anne Makepeace with tribal judges Claudette White and Abby Abinanti.  Photo by Richard Carter
Director Anne Makepeace with tribal judges Claudette White and Abby Abinanti. Photo by Richard Carter


Winner Charlotte  First Peoples Festival

Cinetopia - Winner    

Law schools, restorative justice programs, recovery meetings, and conferences on everything from juvenile justice to child welfare to Indian law are beginning to screen Tribal Justice at venues across the country. We look forward to using this story to help facilitate conversations and change nationally and globally. If you would like to request a screening or discuss partnership opportunities with our team, please click on the icon below:

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American Indian Justice Conference

Sponsored by TLPI and NAICJA
Palm Springs, CA
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
December 6, 6:30pm

Beyond the Bench

Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
December 19, 7:00pm
Conference Website + Registration

Law Schools

Tribal Justice Forum
Lincoln, NE
Tuesday, November 28, 6:30pm
City Union Auditorium
Q+A to follow with Director Anne Makepeace, Judge Claudette White;
Lindsey Schuyler, co-founder of the Indian Law Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association
Moderated by Rebecca Schlighting, Assistant Director of Vision Maker Media and an enrolled member of the Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by Native American Studies with contributions from the Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Law, Institute for Ethnic Studies, OASIS, and Women’s & Gender Studies Program
Website for Details

Boston, MA
Spring 2018 (exact date and time TBD)

Free POV Community Screenings
Open to the Public

Denver Public Library
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library

Denver, CO
November 25, 2:00pm

Chicago Public Library, Avalon Branch
Chicago, IL
November 28, 6:00pm

Surry County Public Library
Surry, VA
November 29, 6:00pm

Hamline Midway Library
St. Paul, MN
Monday, December 27, 1:00pm

Many more outreach screenings
are in the works. Stay tuned!



The 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

The screening was powerful. At times, it hit so close to home. I loved that they dared to tell a multifaceted tale that wasn't win-all or lose-all — it was the truth. Happy. Sad. Honest. That's Indian Country. That's the story we need told.
—Law student at UCLA conference, March 2017

Phenomenal, emotional, captures tribal courts and two wonderful spirits.
—Richard Blake, Chief Judge of the Hoopa Tribe

A story of two tribes managing reservation justice. Gritty, realistic, hopeful, and culturally grounded.
Duane Champagne, Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies at UCLA, and Professor of —Law at UCLA School of Law

Thank you for all you do, and for how your films make it possible for those of us who teach about Indigenous peoples and Indigenous rights to do it in a meaningful, transformational way.
—Amy E. Den Ouden, PhD, Professor at UMass Boston

Powerful narrative. Important topics covered. I appreciated the balance of unflinching exposition of the complex web that is addiction, cycles of abuse and historical trauma—without generalizing/stereotyping that all Native [Americans] are struggling in addiction. Hope this continues to be shown widely.
—Emily Van Dyke at Harvard Law School screening


Tribal Justice Outreach

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Previous Conference, Law School, and Community Screenings

Washington State Tribal State Court Consortium
2017 Fall Judicial Conference
Vancouver, WA

6th Annual Tribal Healing to Wellness Court
Enhancement Training
Albuquerque, NM

Arizona State University Law School

Harvard Law School

Stanford Law School

The National Native American Student Association Annual Conference
at UCLA Law School

The National Consortium on Racial and
Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

Safety+Justice Challenge
Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
New Orleans, LA

National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA)
Pueblo of Isleta, Albuquerque, NM

Art Colloquium: Making Art in a Time of Rage
UCSB Screening
Santa Barbara, CA

Seekonk Public Library
Seekonk, MA

National Congress of American Indians
Milwaukee, WI

Goddard Riverside Community Center
New York, NY

Yale Law School
New Haven, CT

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, NM

Ypsilanti District Library
Ypsilanti, MI

Lewis and Clark Law School
Portland, OR

Daniel Boone Regional Library
Columbia, MO

US Attorney's Office
San Diego, CA

Crandall Library
Glens Falls, NY

Chicago Public Library
Chicago, IL

Georgetown County Library Systems
Pawleys Island, SC


The Moviehouse; Millerton NY
Rockland Public Library; Rockland, ME
Galena Public Library District; Galena, IL
Bishop Paiute Tribal Court; Bishop, CA
Belfast Free Library; Belfast, ME
Northern California Intertribal Court System (NCICS); Hopland, CA
St. Charles City-County Library District; St Peters, MO

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