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Decolonize Justice Systems! An Interview With Dine' Lawyer Michelle Cook

In many Indigenous communities, dual justice systems operate in tandem: the European system, a colonial imposition characterized by hierarchical, punitive, written codicies, and the Indigenous system, which is often based in tradition and holistic in nature.

Human Rights Lawyer Michelle Cook (Dine') elaborates on the interactions between these two systems, and explains how communities can use the language of human rights to challenge the colonial legal system imposition in order to gain a seat at the table as independent nations with internationally recognized justice systems.

Music Credits:
Introduction: "Burn Your Village to the Ground" by A Tribe Called Red. Used with permission.
Background: "Lights In the Forest" by Yarina. Used with permission.

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