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Feb 11, 2017

"Children who develop strong, caring relationships with all the people and living things around them will be more grounded and ultimately more prepared to function in, and meaningfully contribute to, an increasingly complex society." --Mark Sorensen

Peacemaking the Navajo Way

Navajos have been using a peacemaking system to resolve conflicts long before contact with Europeans. Built upon K'e, the fundamental idea is to restore relationships and harmony, rather than to assign guilt and punishment, through the use of four foundational values: Respect, Relationship (K'e), Responsibility, and Reverence. Mark Sorensen joined the Navajos as a Phd. student and stayed on for 40 years, teaching school and working to keep this peacemaking system alive in his young Navajo students, teaching them the seven steps to peace developed with Navajo Thomas Walker. He writes about it in detail here.

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See if you can practice some STAR peacemaking, (Service to all Relations) and for more inspiration, here's a film made by 7th and 8th graders about the program. More ...



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