Marquette Law’s Andrew Center for Restorative Justice to host conference on ‘Restorative Justice in Indian Country,’ March 10

March 7, 2023

Marquette Law School logoMILWAUKEE — The Andrew Center for Restorative Justice at Marquette University Law School will host a one-day conference titled “Restorative Justice in Indian Country: Speaking the Truth, Instilling Accountability, and Working Toward Healing,” on Friday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration is free and available online for limited spaces at the conference, but registration is required (and limited). Media wishing to attend should contact Kevin Conway at

The conference will have morning and afternoon sessions, with a lunch at noon. Special speakers and panelists include:

  • Mark Denning, cultural speaker and educator, Aak wade’ ewin – to face the foe with integrity
  • Jason Dropik, head of school, Indian Community School of Milwaukee
  • Maka Black Elk, executive director for truth and healing, Red Cloud Indian School
  • Joseph Flies-Away, former chief justice, Hualapai Tribal Court
  • Shannon Holsey, president, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians and president of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
  • JoAnn B. Jayne, chief justice, Navajo Nation Supreme Court
  • Patrice Kunesh, member, U.S. Treasury Community Development Advisory Board; major gifts officer, Native American Rights Fund; director, Pehiŋ Haha Consulting; presidential nominee for commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans at U.S. Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Samantha Majhor, assistant professor of English, Marquette University
  • Ron J. Whitener, affiliate professor of law, University of Washington Law School

“I am excited that our Andrew Center for Restorative Justice will provide a public forum, with many Native American leaders from across the country sharing their tribes’ indigenous experiences of approaching harm through truth, accountability, and healing,” said Janine P. Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the center.

In 2021, Marquette University Law School established the Andrew Center for Restorative Justice, recognizing the generosity of Louis J. Andrew, Jr., and Suzanne Bouquet Andrew. The Andrew Center is continuing into the future the work of Geske, former justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, who led the Law School in establishing its former Restorative Justice Initiative in 2004. Restorative justice seeks particularly to help support victims and communities in the process of healing, both from the effects of crime and more generally.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or