AUTHORITY OF PEACEMAKERS
Peacemakers shall have the authority to convene Peacemaking Circle sessions when a matter is referred by Tribal Court or when otherwise requested and determined to be appropriate. Peacemaking Circle sessions shall be scheduled at reasonable times and places, at the convenience of all parties, where possible, and in combinations of participants which the Peacemakers feel will best serve the goals of peacemaking the needs of the parties.
Peacemakers shall promote restorative justice through the use of methods and practices which are tribally based and which reflect the values, traditions, or culture of the tribes that comprise the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
Peacemakers shall have the authority to maintain an atmosphere in peacemaking which is conducive to healing the relationships of the parties and the community, resolving the disputes, and assisting the parties to avoid future disputes.
Peacemakers shall make it clear to the parties that the Peacemaker is not a judge and has no authority to make a decision for the parties or force a plan of action upon them, other than as provided by these rules or applicable tribal law or traditions. Peacemakers are also not to give legal advice or direction other than supporting efforts to successfully complete any legal proceedings that brought the client to the Peacemakers.
Except where otherwise provided by these rules or applicable tribal laws or traditions, any and all resolutions through peacemaking must be agreed to by all participants to the Peacemaking Circle. Peacemakers shall not initiate or permit any conduct in peacemaking which is in violation of the rights of parties protected under the laws and customs of the Tribes or in violation of the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Peacemakers shall disclose to all parties and the Tribal Court any personal or financial interest in the proceeding; or of any close family or extended family relationship with any party.