Native American Traditions

Texas District to Let Native American Student Keep Long Hair

April 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=21480

A Native American Somerset High School senior — whose parents filed a federal lawsuit saying his right of religious expression was violated when he received an on-campus suspension — can return to class without having to cut his shoulder-length hair.

Jesus Figueroa’s long hair had been an issue since last school year...

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High Court Petitioned to Protect Sacredness, Environmental Integrity Of San Francisco Peaks

January 23, 2009

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/38225129.html

The Navajo Nation and other interested parties have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of a precedent setting case to protect sacred sites and religious practices.

The Supreme Court is the last stop for Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Service, a case that began in 2002 when the service granted a special permit to the Arizona Snowbowl to expand its...

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Needville Kindergartner Wins Battle to Keep Hair Long

January 22, 2009

Author: Jennifer Latson

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6223788.html

Five-year-old Adriel Arocha doesn’t have to stuff his hair into his shirt collar. And he doesn’t have to meet privately with a teacher, away from his classmates, for flouting the school’s policy on hair length.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the Needville Independent School District’...

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Preservation Concerns At Colorado Sacred Site

January 13, 2009

Author: Carol Berry

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/37348384.html

“What makes a sacred site sacred?” was the question posed to visiting scholars from South America and the U.S. in a workshop at Native American Rights Fund in Boulder.

The answers came from a number of participants in the event, which was part of a study of lands in the post-colonial North American West conducted Dec. 5...

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Restoring Harmony With Reburial of Native American Remains

December 14, 2008

Author: Tami Abdollah and Jason Song

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-then14-2008dec14,0,4321751.story

More than 15 years of acrimony came to an end Saturday when about 1,000 Native American remains that had been exhumed during construction were laid to rest and covered with white seashells during a sacred burial ceremony near the Westchester bluffs.

For Robert Dorame, a Bellflower...

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School Allows American Indian Boy to Keep Hair Braided

November 25, 2008

Author: Christine Harvey

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17024

An American Indian boy who wears his hair in a braid as part of a religious custom will be allowed to remain at his school after school officials reversed an earlier decision that the child would have to cut his hair or wear his braid in a bun.

Schools Superintendent Gayle Sloan has agreed to let Curtis Harjo keep his braid, even though...

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Native American Group Sues to Stop Gold Mining on Sacred Site

November 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: First Amendment Center

Wire Service: AP

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20922

A group of American Indians has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to stop an open-pit gold mining project in Nevada that tribal members say will disrupt a mountain used for religious and cultural purposes.

The group of...

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Obama’s Support is Widespread in Indian Country

October 17, 2008

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/politics/campaign2008/31160049.html

By the end of September, more than 100 tribal leaders had endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The endorsers included Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., who represents the largest sovereign Indian nation in the country with approximately 300,000 members in southeastern Utah,...

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UC-Berkeley Tree Protest Closes With Ceremony

October 3, 2008

Author: Shadi Rahimi

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/30292149.html

After 649 days perched atop a redwood, the last tree-sitters surrendered their protest of University of California – Berkeley’s plan to chop down a tree grove to build a sports training center.

The world watched. As did such activists as Morning Star Gali, a Pit River member and community activist, with sadness and...

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Judge: Needville Boy Doesn't Have to Tuck in Hair at School

October 3, 2008

Author: Dale Lezon

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6038942.html

A federal judge ruled Friday that a 5-year-old Needville Elementary School kindergartner will be allowed to return to school with his hair in plain sight, at least for now.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Native American student, Adriel Arocha. He was taught separately...

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More Than 6,000 Enjoy Native American Culture

October 1, 2008

Author: Hank Beckman

Source: The Herald News

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1193941,4_1_JO01_POWWOW_S1.article

Dancing under trees just starting to show their fall colors, representatives of various Illinois tribes brought Native American culture to Naperville on Sunday.

The Midwest SOARRING Foundation held its 14th Annual Harvest Pow Wow at Naper Settlement this weekend.

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Passaconaway’s Descendants Struggle to Protect Sacred Site

September 26, 2008

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/29792069.html

When oral tradition and spiritual practice come up against the dominant society’s ideas about property rights and land use, who gets to decide what is historical fact, what is legend and what is sacred?

In York, a pristine southern Maine town of ocean-view mansions and a bustling summer tourist trade, that...

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