Tribal Justice Forum: Film screening

Date: Time: 6:30 pm–9:00 pm
Nebraska Union Room: City Union Auditorium
Additional Info: NU
Contact: Katrina Jagodinsky, 402-472-2414,
The 2017 Tribal Justice Forum is a two-day event featuring seven indigenous women working toward tribal justice in academic, legal and cultural venues throughout the country, and a screening of the award-winning film from Vision Maker Media.

The event is Nov. 27 and 28 in the McCollum Hall and Nebraska Union auditoriums, respectively. Events on the first day are 5:30 to 7 p.m., while day two is 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The second day of the forum will feature a screening of “Tribal Justice,” a co-production of Anne Makepeace Productions, Vision Maker Media and American Documentary.

The film follows Abby Abinanti and Claudette White, chief judges in two of the more than 300 tribal courts across the nation, as they navigate cross-jurisdictional issues in the courts and communities.

Abinanti is chief judge of the Yurok Tribal Court and the first Native American woman admitted to the State Bar of California. White is chief judge of the Quechan Tribal Court in the Southern California desert.

White sees Abinanti as a mentor, and both women are focused on restoring their communities rather than punishing offenders.

The Yurok and Quechan tribes are two of the largest in California. While each tribe faces unique issues, Abinanti and White share a goal of increasing safety and decreasing incarceration in an effort to dismantle a school-to-prison pipeline.

After the screening, a panel will explore the film’s significance. The panel includes White; Anne Makepeace, writer and director of “Tribal Justice;” and Lindsey Schuler, attorney and co-founder of the Indian law section of the Nebraska State Bar Association. The panel will be moderated by Rebekka Schlicting, assistant director of Vision Maker Media.

Doors for the screening open at 6 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. Garage and metered parking will be available.

Registration for the second day of the forum is available at

This forum is free and open to the public. It is offered in cooperation with Nebraska’s Native American studies program, the Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Law, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services and the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

For more information, contact Margaret Huettl at or Katrina Jagodinsky at

Additional Public Info:
This screening and panel are free and open to the public. It is 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.

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