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Shiprock students graduate from Peacemaker program

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Seven students from the Shiprock area were among those who recently graduated from the Peacemaker Youth Apprenticeship Program, according to a Navajo Nation Judicial Branch press release.

Shia Deale, Alexander Diswood, Monte Diswood, Emily Kitseallyboy, Andrew McDonald, Ryan McDonald and Todd McDonald graduated on July 29 in a ceremony at Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz.

Each student received training in peacemaking, a traditional form of dispute resolution, at the Shiprock Judicial District.

The apprenticeship program is designed to teach youth about Navajo culture and prepare them to become apprentices to peacemaking, the release states.

By using peacemaking skills, the students will be able to help peers and communities with dispute resolution, according to the release.

Overall, there were 99 participants who learned about peacemaking from tribal judicial districts across the reservation.

This marked the apprenticeship program's first class. The program was funded by a grant from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs, the release states.