Precious Benally, JD, is a citizen of the Diné Nation from Northern New Mexico and currently resides in New Jersey. Precious Benally serves as the Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Specialist with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. She provides training and technical assistance to tribal communities across the country. Her primary focus is assisting Tribal courts in their efforts to plan, implement, and enhance juvenile, adult, and family Wellness Courts. This includes assisting with community needs assessments and comprehensive strategic planning projects, authoring publications, and providing support for tribal justice program development. She has presented on topics ranging from opioid abuse in Indian Country, the implementation of teleservices for drug courts in rural jurisdictions, the impact of sentencing reform measures, and integrating restorative practices into justice-related programming. Her areas of interest include international indigenous law and policy, drug treatment, peacemaking and restorative justice practices, teleservices, and developing technology-based training and information-sharing platforms. Ms. Benally obtained her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she focused on international indigenous law and policy, peacemaking, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
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