"You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be roundhttp://eaglesnestcenter.org. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball; and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ourshttp://eaglesnestcenter.org. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves." - Black Elk  (1863-1950), Oglala Sioux Holy Man

Why "Restorative Justice"?

You may have noticed the many patterns -- "circles," in Black Elk's words -- that appear in American society, and that many of these are not necessarily healthy patterns, but rather, seem to amount to "doing the same things over and over again, expecting a different result." A few examples include: