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Your Call: Native American judges embrace traditional concepts of justice


Native American judges are using traditional concepts of justice to restore their communities rather than punish offenders and send even more people to prison. The new documentary Tribal Justice highlights tribal courts that incorporate indigenous customs and beliefs into their justice systems.

The film follows Abby Abinanti and Claudette White, chief judges of California's largest Indian tribes, as they help defendants and navigate challenges in their courts and communities.


Anne Makepeace, writer, producer, and director of Tribal Justice

Abby Abinanti, chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe on the north coast of California, and the first Native American woman admitted to the State Bar of California

Web Resources:

POV: Two Judges, Two Tribes and One Goal in 'Tribal Justice

Tribal Justice

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.