Native American Traditions

Judge Rules in Favor of Comanche Nation, Ft. Sill Halts Construction at Medicine Bluff

September 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: KSWO

http://www.kswo.com/Global/story.asp?S=9068897

On Wednesday, the Comanche Nation spoke out about its legal victory to stop Fort Sill's construction near the historic Medicine Bluffs on post. Although the fight isn't over, the tribe is celebrating a federal judge's preliminary injunction to halt the post's work on its new Training Services Center near the base of the bluffs. The Comanches say the area is sacred to the...

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Powwow Dispels Myths About American Indians

September 6, 2008

Author: Barrett Newkirk

Source: The Herald Bulletin

http://www.theheraldbulletin.com/local/local_story_250205904.html

Black, red and white are allowed in the closets of Delaware Indians, as Greg Livengood learned Saturday. During the Andersontown Powwow, the Greenfield resident listened as Dee Ketchum, a former Delaware chief, led a presentation on his tribe’s history and customs.

Ketchum’s black otter fur hat and...

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Tribal Schools Expand Role Preserving Native Cultures

August 28, 2008

Author: Butch Reifert

Source: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

http://www.djc.com/news/co/11203987.html

Native Americans are showing increased interest nationwide in building schools that instill in their children a deeper understanding of their tribal culture and connection to the environment.

Recognizing the importance of preserving traditions that might otherwise be lost on younger generations, Indian groups from New York state to Washington state...

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Hospital Fuses Navajo Tradition, Modern Medicine

August 17, 2008

Author: Josh Biggs

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-08-17-navajo-hospital_N.htm

When a Navajo woman delivers a baby at Banner Page Hospital in northern Arizona, she invites her entire family — often more than 10 people — into the birthing room. She may give birth squatting, as is custom among Native Americans. A medicine man will offer ancient prayers and herbs for the mother to ease childbirth....

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Tribes Object to Fighting Fire in Sacred Places

August 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26198603/

Indian tribes from the Klamath River canyon are worried that the U.S. Forest Service is violating some of their sacred lands by fighting a remote wilderness wildfire rather than letting it burn naturally.

The area is home to many prayer seats or vision quest sites shared by three tribes, where tribal members have fasted, prayed and...

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Update: Inmate Reaches Accord With Prison Over Eagle Feathers

July 31, 2008

Author: Mallika Rao

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=16186

An American Indian inmate in Wyoming has reached an agreement with prison officials to allow him and other inmates access to bald eagle feathers for use in sacred ceremonies.

Stephen Pevar, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who represented inmate Andrew John Yellowbear, called the decision a "great victory for religious...

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Maine Town Supports Maliseet Jurisdiction Over Housing Land

July 25, 2008

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096417801

The chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians welcomed an announcement by the Houlton Town Council to release its authority over tribal land in support of the band's autonomy.

''It was very surprising. I was very pleased that the town came to that decision. I do absolutely see it as a support of our tribal sovereignty and...

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Native American Beliefs Clash with Rural District's Dress Code

July 14, 2008

Author: Eric Hanson

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/5888151.html

A small rural school district in Fort Bend County and a determined mother are tangled in a dispute over hair.

Michelle Betenbaugh says her 5-year-old son, Adriel Arocha, wears his hair long because of religious beliefs tied to his Native American heritage.

But the leaders of the Needville school district have...

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An Indian Sacrament Behind Prison Walls

June 28, 2008

Author: Nancy Mullane

Source: Weekend America

http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/26/sweat_prison/

The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world -- 2.3 million Americans are currently behind bars. But that doesn't mean they don't get weekends. Their weekends are just a little different.

At San Quentin State Prison in California, there's a place of worship for everyone -- a Protestant...

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Nations Unite

June 27, 2008

Author: Robin Buda

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096417591

Observances and ceremonies took place across the country June 20 and 21, marking the 2008 National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places.

The first national prayer day took place June 20, 2003, to emphasize the need for Congress to enact a cause of action to protect Native sacred places.

''Native and non-...

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Life, Death, And a 'Reservoir Of Hope'

June 25, 2008

Author: Jonathan Beasley

Source: Harvard Divinity School News and Events

http://www.hds.harvard.edu/news/article_archive/CommunityAltar.html

In early May, an enthusiastic HDS staff member walked into offices in Divinity Hall to let people know about a community altar that was being constructed on the building's third floor. Those of us who could spare a moment were invited for an informal viewing. This altar was, apparently, unique...

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Canada Apology for Native Schools

June 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7447811.stm

Canada has apologised for forcing about 150,000 aboriginal children to attend state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the apology in parliament in Ottawa, in front of hundreds of ex-schoolchildren. The schools operated from the late 19th Century until the 1990s, although most of them shut in the...

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