The Peacemaking & Probation Department is part of our Tribal Judicial Branch and deals with the concept of ‘Peacemaking’ or what is sometimes called restorative justice. The head of LRBOI Peacemaking is former Ogema, Patrick Wilson.


Former Ogema Patrick Wilson at 2013 Peacemaking Conference in Manistee, MI


Peacemaking is not a new concept, it is part of our Tribal heritage. At the core of Peacemaking the process could be described as, “Restoring Balance.”

When there is a conflict, Peacemakers help address the problem and guide all those involved to reach an understanding and solve their problems. The key to achieving this is, Communication. Communication can be difficult, however the Peacemaking process gives each Participant a chance to be heard and opening up those lines of communication.

The Participants are Family members, married couples, employees, community members, school students, committees and governmental departments.

Peacemaking explores the issues and possible causes of the dispute, problem or issue and helps direct the participants understand and develop a new relationship, start healing, and define a new balance in their lives.


Advanced Peacemaker Training

The Peacemaking/Probation Department is proud to facilitate the Advanced Peacemaker Training. The goals of the training is to help other tribes and local governments increase the skills and development of their Peacemakers.

Indian Village Youth Camp

The Peacemaking/Probation Department is still involved with the Indian Village Youth Camp.  The four day camp will provide direct intervention, education, cultural programs, wilderness survival skills, individual and group activities all in a tribal custom living conditions. The camp will be available to all of the tribes within the state of Michigan, as a diversion program for At- Risk-Youth.