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American IndianEach of the many Native American nations has its own distinctive life-ways, although there are some widely-shared characteristics. most Native life-ways are primarily transmitted through oral traditions; they are oriented toward living in relation to a sp... Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994
A document to amend the American Indian Religious Freedom Act in order to provide for the use of peyotePeyote is the popular name of the cactus Lophophora williamsii, which was called peyotl by the Aztec. The hallucinogenic buttons of the cactus are ritually harvested and ingested by various Native peoples of the Americas. The Native American Church combin... by Indians for traditional and other purposes.  

U.S. Department of State – Civil Rights
US State Department information site, with articles on civil rights including religious freedom.

Department of Homeland Security Training and Education, Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Includes education and training materials for law enforcement officers for the protection of civil rights and liberties.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Provides information, guidelines, and statistics about equal employment laws, recognizing employment discrimination, filing a charge of discrimination, training and outreach.

Executive Order 13007: Protection and Accommodation of Access to “Indian Sacred Sites”
Executive Order of the President (May 24, 1996) which provides for the “access to and ceremonial use of Indian sacred sites by Indian religious practitioners” and for avoiding “adversely affecting the physical integrity of such sacred sites.”

U.S. General Services Administration – Equal Employment Opportunity
US General Service Administration information about Equal Employment Opportunity, including information about the process of complaints.

U.S. General Services Administration – NO FEAR Act of 2002
General Service Administration informational site about the “Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002” (“NO FEAR”), which aims at “making Federal agencies more accountable for violations of antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws.”

Guidelines on Religious Exercise and Religious Expression in the Federal Workplace
Includes extensive guidelines on what is and is not permissible in terms of religious expression, religious exercise, or discrimination against religious expression in the federal workplace.

Religious Diversity News: First Amendment
Our database of archived news articles searched by key theme
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Religious Freedom Restoration ActThe Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed by Congress in 1995 to insure that the government show a “compelling governmental interest” in any restriction of religious freedom. of 1993
Act to protect the free exercise of religion according to the Constitution.

Remarks by President Clinton on Religious Freedom in the Federal Workplace
Remarks by President Clinton on Aug. 14, 1997 about religious freedom.

Remarks By President Clinton on Religious Liberty in America
Speech given by President Clinton at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia on July 12, 1995, about religious freedom, its history in America, and current discourse.

Supreme Court of the United States
Main website for the US Supreme Court.

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division website with information about the Initiative to Combat Post-9/11 Discriminatory Backlash, which seeks to “work proactively to combat violations of civil rights laws against Arab, Muslim, SikhSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob..., and South-Asian Americans, and those perceived to be members of these groups.”