Native American Traditions

Designation of Sacred Land is Open to Interpretation - Even Among Tribal Leaders

August 18, 2007

Author: DARIN FENGER

Source: Yuma Sun

http://www.yumasun.com/news/sacred_35984___article_news.html/people_lands.html

If the loss of oral traditions, such as prayers and ceremonies, has wounded the collective heart of American Indians, then losing the sacred land that came to define tribes could mean the end of an entire way of life.

Generations of people have come and gone and various cultures have appeared and...

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Far From the Reservation, but Still Sacred?

August 12, 2007

Author: NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/12/business/yourmoney/12tribe.html

SQUINTING against the harsh desert sun, Mike Jackson, leader of the Quechan Indians, looks out past his tribe’s casino and the modern sprawl of Yuma and points to the sandy flatlands and the rust-colored Gila mountain range shimmering in the distance. “They came this way,” he says, describing how his...

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Tribes, Firefighters Cooperate to Save Sacred Sites

August 2, 2007

Author: Jonathan Abrams

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-tribefires2aug02,1,2564373.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

They were bleary-eyed from lack of sleep as they converged high in the San Bernardino Mountains at twilight.

While two lightning-ignited fires barreled toward Big Bear Lake last summer, the fire...

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Tribes Join Forces Against UC Berkeley's Decision Affecting Native American Ancestral Remains

July 25, 2007

Source: PressRelease News

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,146055.shtml

BERKELEY, Calif., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from five Native American tribes -- sovereign governments under Federal law -- today announced the formation of the Native American NAGPRA Coalition (NANC) to protest the University of California at Berkeley's elimination of the Phoebe Hearst Museum's autonomous NAGPRA unit. This unit is the highly...

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Opinion: Sacred Sites, and Their Stories, Must Be Saved

July 22, 2007

Author: MARK TRAHANT

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/320934_trahant24.html

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's hard to imagine a more powerful example of a sacred place than the U.S. Capitol. Early Thursday morning, hours before the solstice, the scene was already one of summer. Tourists wandered the grounds in shorts while congressional staffers rushed off to meetings. A cool breeze moderated the rising...

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Powwow's Drumbeat Draws American Indians to Doctor

July 11, 2007

Author: Ishani Ganguli

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1023544820070711

SILVER SPRING, Maryland (Reuters) - As Wendy Friar put the final touches on a health screening and powwow for Maryland's American Indian community, she had doubts about how the combination would be received.

"To be honest, we hope it's appropriate," said Friar, a community health director at Holy Cross, a Roman Catholic...

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Making Magic at Keeping the Circle Strong's Sweat Lodge

July 8, 2007

Author: Leslie Ferenc

Source: TheStar.com

http://www.thestar.com/FreshAirFund/article/233652

A traditional sweat lodge sits in a clearing in the forest. Quiet and dark, a place for contemplation and prayer, where teachers and elders hold sacred ceremonies and young people growing up in the city learn about their rich native heritage.

It's where young and old come to understand who they are and where they're going.

It's where...

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Indians Protest Library Artifacts

July 1, 2007

Author: Bradford L. Miner

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

http://www.telegram.com/article/20070701/NEWS/70701004/1008/NEWS02

BARRE— Bright sun, a nearly cloudless, azure sky and a light breeze. The conditions were perfect for a picnic in North Park.

And in fact, several on hand yesterday morning protesting the continued custody by the Barre Library Association of artifacts deemed to be sacred Oglala Sioux relics...

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Immigration Reform Bill Ignores First Americans

June 22, 2007

Source: Tanasi Journal

http://www.tanasijournal.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=306&Itemid=1&ed=34

WASHINGTON—June 20, 2007—The Senate and White House immigration reform legislation continues to exclude Native Americans. It places Native American Tribes in a very difficult position when the immigration needs of immigrants and illegal immigrants are being addressed, while the border crossing and U.S....

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June 21 Set for 2007 National Prayer Day for Native Sacred Places

June 19, 2007

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096415253

WASHINGTON - Observances and ceremonies will be held across the country June 21 to mark the 2007 National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places. The exact times and days for public commemorations are listed below.

Some of the gatherings highlighted are educational forums, not religious ceremonies, and are open to the general public. Others are ceremonial and may...

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Court, Father at Odds Before Over Kids' Alleged Peyote Use

June 7, 2007

Source: The Leelanau Enterprise

http://www.leelanaunews.com/blog/2007/05/29/court-father-at-odds-before-over-kids-alleged-peyote-use/

The mother of a 7-year-old girl whose urine tested positive for mescaline claims the girl's father is giving her hallucinogenic peyote as part of sacred Native American rituals – and the mother wants it to stop.

"Peyote has nothing to do with the traditions of any Woodland Indian...

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