Volume 11
Issue 2
Fall '19

In the Aftermath of Rampage Shootings: Is Healing Possible? Hard Lessons from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples

Written By: James Diamond

Abstract

This Article produces insights, ideas, and findings which link mass shootings and communal responses in the United States and on American Indian reservations. This Article compares the aftermath of these tragedies in non-indigenous communities with the responses when the tragedies have occurred in certain Native American1 commun-ities, including comparisons between indigenous and non-indigenous courts. It looks to the roots of the Native American approach in indigenous historical evidence. Described is an institutional weakness in the Anglo-European judicial model in how it responds to the aftermath of heinous crimes. Explored is the adaptation of certain practices from in-digenous peoples as a method of contributing to healing, closure, and reconciliation fol-lowing heinous criminal behavior. Further explored is the possibility of incorporating face-to-face, interpersonal interactions between mass shooting victims, offenders, and their families.

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