1 Oct 2014

Cherokees to adopt inmate course

8:20 am on 1 October 2014

First Nation tribes in the United States will be running decolonisation courses for native American inmates based on what Maori have done in Aotearoa.

The Maori course teaches inmates about their identity, including their tikanga and spirituality.

A Cherokee elder, Mashu White Feather, said he has seen how successful the programmes can be for Maori men and women in New Zealand prisons and wants to conduct similar courses for his people.

Mashu White Feather said the programme would feature a slide presentation with a Cherokee elder speaking to young inmates, as well as a Maori kaumatua giving a similar message.

He said it is about giving native American prisoners positive messages from an indigenous perspective.