WCBA holds Peacemaking Award Dinner

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 The Washtenaw County Bar Association celebrated National Native American Heritage Month in November with its first-ever Peacemaking Award Dinner on Nov. 20, at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor

The Hon. William A. Thorne, Jr., State of Utah, Court of Appeals, a Pomo and Coast Miwok from northern California enrolled at the Confederated Tribes of the Graton Rancheria, and the first Native American appointed to the Utah Bench, was the guest speaker. 
In another highlight of the event, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh, and Chief Judge Michael Petoskey, Tribal Court, were honored with the Nelson Mandela Peacemaking Award. 
In addition, Petoskey was presented with an Irish Drum, and Cavanagh was presented with a coat made by Sheri Dufek of Ann Arbor, who creates wool coats custom-tailored out of wool Pendleton blankets, known for their Native American designs. 

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