• Circle peacemaking in Kake, Alaska: a case study of indigenous planning and dispute systems design

      Hylsop, Polly E.; Leonard, Beth; Jarrett, Brian; DeCaro, Peter; Wexler, David (2018-05)
      Peacemaking is both a way of life and a process to address wrongdoing in the community. The process, Circle Peacemaking is a restorative practice designed by the community members in Kake, Alaska, a Tlingit community located in the southeast part of the state. Based on local values, ancient laws and traditional knowledge, Circle Peacemaking has been effective in lowering the recidivism rate for wrongdoers in the community and pays close attention to the needs of the victims. This study adds to the growing field of Indigenous Dispute Systems Design derived from the principles and steps used in the practice of Indigenous Planning (IP) and Dispute Systems Design (DSD). DSD is a discipline practiced by attorneys and mediators when designing dispute resolution systems, such as mediation and arbitration, within organizations and communities. Despite hidden pressures and open challenges, the local design of Circle Peacemaking, both as a way of life and process, ensure that local design for bringing balance back into a community can succeed and sustain itself long-term. This study explores the resurgence of traditional knowledge and practice as a foundation for community wellness in Kake. This case study is a tribute to the people of Kake and Yukon Territory, Canada for their hard work, perseverance and dedication to the well-being of their communities. This study is a contribution of their work that they will pass down to the following generations of Peacemakers.