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You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 6: Week of February 22, 2004

    Topic: The American Indian and Peacemaking Criminology

    Preparatory Readings:

    • Arrigo. Social Justice, Criminal Justice - Chapter 3.
    • Mann and Zatz. Images of Color, Images of Crime -- Chapters 12 and 17.
    • Documentary: "Incident at Oglala."
    • Guest Lecturer: Mr. Mark Denning
    • Peacemaking Resource Page on the Dear Habermas site.

    Lecture related links:

    Concepts/individuals to be covered:

    • American Indian
    • the reservation Indian vs. the urban Indian
    • AIM (American Indian Movement)
    • Leonard Peltier
    • American Indian stereotypes
    • paradigms of justice
    • Hal Pepinsky
    • peacemaking criminology

    Discussion Questions:

    1. After viewing "Incident at Oglala" how might peacemaking criminology be applied? Would it work? Why.

    2. In what respects may peacemaking be said to be both a more pessimistic and optimistic approach to social control than warmaking? (Arrigo, p. 69, Q.6).

    3. Where might you begin to try making peace? (Arrigo, p. 69, Q.7).

    4. Is Leonard Peltier guilty or not guilty? Why.

    5. What makes American Indians different from other racial groups in America? (M&Z, p. 125, Q.1).

    6. What is meant by a dual justice system? Provide a detailed definition of both paradigms. Then compare and contrast the competing paradigms. Finally, discuss the implications of this dual justice system. (M&Z, p. 176, Q.5)

    Suggested Creative Measures:

    • new In the Pepinsky chapter, he notes, "thinking globally, acting locally." What local projects focus on a peacemaking approach? What national and international projects adhere to peacemaking strategies?
    • new Beyond examples discussed in class, historically trace a social movement or event where peace was at its centerpiece?
    • Read one of the recommended books listed below on the American Indian. Email me a brief book review.
    • Examine how stereotypes and the stereotyping of the American Indian has changed from the past to present day.
    • Compare and contrast the life experiences of the reservation Indian and the urban Indian.
    • Trace either prime time television or movie images of the American Indian from past to present.
    • Examine the legal case of Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks or other American Indian leaders.
    • Examine the controversy behind American Indian mascots and logos.

    Recommended Readings:

    • new M. Scott Momaday. House Made of Dawn.
    • Leonard Peltier. Prison Writings.
    • Dee Brown. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
    • Mary Crow Dog. Lakota Woman.
    • Nancy Lurie. Mountain Wolf Woman.

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