Book — 1 online resource (xiv, 240 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: List of Illustrations List of Tables Series Editors' Introduction Acknowledgments Introduction
3. Upper Skagit Justice
4. The Sto:lo Nation
5. An Intertribal Justice Discussion
6. The South Island Justice Project
7. Conclusion Series Editors' Afterword References Index.
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For the indigenous people 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 - to very different effect - is the subject of "The Problem of Justice", a richly textured ethnographic study of indigenous people struggling to re-establish control over justice in the face of conflicting external and internal pressures. The peoples this book focuses on are the Coast Salish communities along the northwest coast of North America: the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe in Washington State, the Sto: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 - assigning elders different roles in administering laws, setting different objectives, and offering different readings of the 'traditional' cultural basis 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 recognise diversity and at the same time allow for internal dissent. Bruce G. Miller is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of British Columbia. (source: Nielsen Book Data)