Court Ordered Treatment Uses Native American Customs

May 9, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

On May 9, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "Officials with Albuquerque's Metropolitan Court hope a new culture-specific court intervention program geared toward American Indians can prove to be an effective weapon in the state's fight against drunken driving. The new Urban Native American Drug Court program involves the use of sweat lodges, consultation with spiritual counselors and participation in 'talking circles' as part of court-ordered treatment. Court officials launched the program Thursday with a traditional blessing and American Indian drum ceremony. Metro Court officials believe the new program is the first to be operated through a state court system, and not with any particular tribe. Metro Court Judge Victoria Grant is hopeful the program will benefit American Indians who relocate to Albuquerque and have to adjust to life away from their reservation or pueblo."