By Kim Schneider, The Imprint, October 12, 2020
A Minnesota tribal community and county have announced a partnership that aims to better serve Native parents and kids in family and criminal cases through more coordinated court processing.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Itasca County, located in northern Minnesota, will design and pilot family-centered solutions for people in criminal or dependency court cases. One of the project leaders, Minnesota Ninth District Judge Korey Wahwassuck, said she hopes the project will give families better outcomes and keep them out of the judicial system all together.
“If families are actually able to heal … it’s much less likely they’re going to come back into the system,” said Wahwassuck, who once served as an associate judge for the Leech Lake tribe.