POV: Tribal Justice

POV: Tribal Justice

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 6:00pm

Tribal Justice spotlights tribal courts that incorporate indigenous customs and beliefs into their justice systems. The film, airing Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 6 p.m. on WXXI World, follows Abby Abinanti and Claudette White, chief judges in two of the more than 300 tribal courts across the country, as they navigate cross-jurisdictional issues in their courts and communities.

Studies show that rural areas and American Indian reservations are plagued by the manufacturing, trafficking and use of crystal methamphetamine. Reservations are targeted by non-Native drug cartels. Native Americans have the highest meth usage of any ethnic group in the nation, resulting in extremely high crime and incarceration rates. Abinanti remarks, "The state has a lot of responsibility for all the people. I have responsibility to one set of people--6,000 Yuroks and their families. And that's what I'm responsible for: for that and for this land."

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