Jim Diamond on the Aftermath of Rampage Shootings, Hard Lessons from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples

James D. Diamond has published “In the Aftermath of Rampage Shootings: Is Healing Possible? Hard Lessons from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples” in the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives.

Here is the 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 American communities, 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 indigenous peoples as a method of contributing to healing, closure, and reconciliation following heinous criminal behavior. Further explored is the possibility of incorporating face-to-face, interpersonal interactions between mass shooting victims, offenders, and their families.

Jim is the author of “After the Bloodbath: Is Healing Possible in the Wake of Rampage Shootings?“, published by Michigan State University Press.