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Step 9: We are making up to those people whenever we can, except when to do so would hurt them more.

Principle: Justice

As we walk on the path of forgiveness and justice we stay focused on the things we have done wrong. We are on the path to becoming right with the Creator and with others.

Text or Verse

God is the Love that lets me forgive others and others forgive me.
Creator, guide me in finding the greatest peace, fellowship and
justice with all women and men.

Practice

  • Talk to the Elders in your tribal tradition to find out how to restore justice between people who have hurt each other.
  • Find out how to make restitution for harm that has been done.
  • Ask for assistance from your sponsor or mentor to see if by making amends you could potentially create more hurt or harm.
  • Rehearse what you are going to say.
  • When making amends, stick to your script and be short, direct and to the point.
  • When making an amendment by phone or in a letter, hold an eagle feather to remain in good spirit and intent.
  • If you can't make an amends because it would create more harm or if the person is not reachable or has died, amends can be done by prayer in the unseen world of Spirit. Ask for help from your Medicine Elder.

Resources

Medicine Wheel and the 12 Steps for Men
Medicine Wheel and the 12 Steps for Women
www.whitebison.org (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

Native American Rehab Center
Indigenous Path
www.stopyouraddiction.com (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

Red Road to Wellbriety in the Native American Way
www.whitebison.org (Go to Links menu to connect with the web site)

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