Report Roundup: Enlarging the Healing Circle: Ensuring Justice for Native American Children

November 1, 2000

This report is based on findings and analysis from participants at the fifth annual Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Training Conference, held in Phoenix, Ariz., earlier this year. Examining the state of American Indian youth with regard to substance abuse, depression, gangs, the role of the family and the history of U.S. government programs, the authors developed a list of recommendations for eliminating over-representation of American Indian youth in the criminal justice system.

The authors targeted eight institutions and groups for changes. Among the recommendations: the U.S. Attorney General should focus more efforts on reducing depression, substance abuse and gang activity in tribal communities; Congress and juvenile justice administrators should increase support for programs that divert American Indian youth from the juvenile justice system; tribal courts should establish and replicate intervention and aftercare programs that reconnect American Indian youth offenders to tribal communities; governors should appoint at least one American Indian adult (and, if possible, a youth as well) to juvenile justice state advisory groups; youth and family treatment and service providers should offer options that allow the families of troubled youth to receive treatment or support services when appropriate. 21 pages. $3. Coalition for Juvenile Justice, 1211 Connecticut Ave., NW, Ste. 414, Washington, DC 20036. (202) 467-0864. E-mail:

"Enlarging the Healing Circle: Ensuring Justice for American Indian Children." Report Roundup. Youth Today, November 2000, p. 48.

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