Native American Traditions

Navajo Cites Religious Bias In His Firing

April 22, 2010

Author: Victoria Prieskop

Source: Courthouse News Service

http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/04/22/26622.htm

A Navajo welder and member of the Native American Church says he was fired after his company's human resources director told him "that he was in a cult and worshipped the devil." 

Clyde Blackwater sued Process Equipment & Service Co. (PESCO) for religious discrimination in Federal Court.

"In or about June 2008, Mr....

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Snowy Relations On Sacred Site Development

April 7, 2010

Author: Rob Capriccioso

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/89777202.html

An Obama administration push for compromise involving the economic development of a sacred site has some tribal officials concerned that consultation has been lacking.

The issue stems from proposed fake snow production at the privately-owned Snowbowl ski resort on the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona.

For...

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Lands, Sacred Spaces Part Of US Human Rights Review

April 1, 2010

Author: Valerie Taliman

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/89262307.html

The “listening session” held by the U.S. State Department on March 16 at the University of New Mexico Law School drew more than 100 Native leaders, legal scholars and human rights activists, many of whom called on the United States to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples...

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Tribes Protest FrontRunner Project

March 4, 2010

Author: Laura Hancock

Source: Deseret News

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700014105/Tribes-protest-FrontRunner-project.html

Native American tribal leaders and environmentalists Thursday called the Utah Transit Authority "disrespectful" for its construction work on land that could contain 3,000-year-old artifacts.

"We are begging state and federal agencies to follow the law," said Zach Frankel of the Utah...

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Everglades Restoration Threatens Historic Sites

February 15, 2010

Author: Andy Reid

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-everglades-historic-sites-20100215,0,6948015.story

First, farming and development robbed the Everglades of its life-giving water flows. Now, making up for those environmental mistakes risks robbing the Everglades of its history.

Multibillion-dollar plans to recreate once-natural water flows to the...

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Salazar Weighs Two Imperatives In Cape Wind Energy Proposal

February 10, 2010

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/83644112.html

In the end, the Obama administration’s decision to approve or deny a massive wind turbine project in Nantucket Sound will hinge on the value it places on respecting an irreplaceable and immovable American Indian sacred site weighed against the worth and importance of a privately-owned renewable energy plant that...

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Religion Department Sponsors Onondaga Land Rights Events

February 4, 2010

Author: Kari Arneson

Source: The Spectator

http://www.hamilton.edu/spectator/020410/features/religion.html

Next Monday, Feb. 8, the introductory kick-off for a year-long series of events dealing with Onondaga Land Rights will be held in Syracuse at 7 p.m.. The event is part of a series sponsored by several colleges in the area, including Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, LeMoyne College, SUNY Empire State College, Onondaga Community...

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Claim Filed Over Damaged Medicine Bag

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bonner County Daily Bee

http://bonnercountydailybee.com/articles/2010/01/29/news/doc4b628874aa030115863983.txt

An Oregon man is seeking $25,000 in damages over the opening of his Native American medicine bag during a drunken-driving arrest last summer.

Craig Clark Show contends the medicine bag’s mystical qualities were destroyed when the bag was opened. Show said the bag...

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Wind Farm Creates Tempest for Tribes' Religious Liberty

January 22, 2010

Author: Rob Bernstein

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/analysis.aspx?id=22525

Two American Indian tribes scored a rare and possibly temporary victory this month when the National Park Service agreed to designate Nantucket Sound, where a major wind farm is set to be installed, as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The designation...

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Ohlone Nation Fights to Save Ancestral Homeland

January 21, 2010

Author: R.M. Arrieta

Source: New America Media

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=781be13cccb6f5ac6b84abea9e8a632c

San Francisco and much of the Bay Area is the ancestral homeland of the Ohlone nation.

Their ancestors lie in the land here. Remnants of their villages can be found deep beneath the soil. The blood runs deep. They have lived in the Bay Area for...

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9-Year Battle Over Wind Farm Project Off Nantucket Hits New Snag

January 5, 2010

Author: Doug Stanglin

Source: USA TODAY

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/01/9-year-battle-over-wind-farm-project-off-nantucket-hits-new-snag/1

The Obama administration is stepping into the nine-year battle over a proposed wind farm off Nantucket after the National Park Service declared the area as eligible for listing as a historic site...

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South Dakota Inmate Group Wants Tobacco Ban Lifted

December 18, 2009

Author: Dirk Lammers

Source: Indian Country Today

Wire Service: AP

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/79639722.html

A group of Native American inmates has filed a federal lawsuit against the South Dakota Department of Corrections, saying a new prison policy that bans the use of tobacco during religious ceremonies is discriminatory.

The Native American Council of Tribes, an organization based...

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Appeals Court Hears Suit Over Boy's Hairstyle

December 4, 2009

Author: Michael Kunzelman

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6753224.html

A southeast Texas school district asked a federal appeals court Friday to throw out a ruling that its enforcement of a grooming policy violated the rights of a kindergarten student who refuses to cut his hair for religious reasons.

In January, a federal judge in Houston barred the...

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