(RadioNZ) Cherokee and Maori nations are working together to formulate a way in which to help tangata whenua from both countries.
Maori United Nations advocate Carl Takarangi-Hutchby who is also a board member of native American organisation, Two Feathers International, is in Columbia, Missouri, talking with Cherokee tribal leaders about creating what he calls a joint decolonization programme.
Mr Takarangi-Hutchby of Ngati Tupoho said, “for now the programme will focus on men and aims to boost their self esteem as they learn about their culture and identity.
The programme will be based on a similar model being used at the Rimutaka prison in Upper Hutt Wellignton, where tikanga (customs) from both the Cherokee and Maori cultures will be used to deliver the programme.
Mr Takarangi-Hutchby said the programme would also teach inmates about their roles in the Maori and Cherokee societies.