Native American Traditions

A Return to a Sacred Place

June 4, 2007

Author: Ed Moorhouse

Source: Burlington County Times

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-06042007-1357287.html

BURLINGTON CITY — Burlington Island was once a place where Indian tribes native to Burlington City held meetings and performed religious ceremonies.

Yesterday, the island was used for that purpose for the first time in 200 years, according to Danawa Buchanan, the founder of the New Jersey American Indian...

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Powwow Saturday - Event to Honor all Military Veterans

May 23, 2007

Author: Brandon Fincher

Source: Laurel Leader-Call

http://www.leadercall.com/local/local_story_143092731.html

The Bogue Homa Indian Reservation east of Sandersville on McFarland Road will host its second annual powwow Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lyndell Nickey, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, said this year’s powwow will have a different theme from last year’s.

“Last year we...

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Weaving a Pattern of Respect

May 7, 2007

Author: Debbie Cafazzo

Source: The News Tribune

http://www.thenewstribune.com/492/story/56489.html

Fingers fly with mathematical precision as Sharron Nelson and Karen Reed weave strips of moistened cedar bark together.

The twin sisters work in a sunny corner of Nelson’s Browns Point kitchen, with its wide window overlooking the bay that provided sustenance for their ancestors. Nelson is making a small basket to hold her daughter’...

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Powwow Will Honor Many Tribes, One Spirit

May 4, 2007

Author: Ebony Windom

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/05/04/Pasco/Powwow_will_honor_man.shtml

TRINITY - Sheryll Kremer had always heard tales about her Cherokee ancestors. Her mother had traced family roots back about a century to a union between a Cherokee woman and German man in rural South Carolina.

And Kremer, 51, says she's always been proud of her American Indian heritage.

So, last...

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At Sacred Hawaiian Site, Veneration Looks a Lot Like Litter

April 22, 2007

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/us/22Volcano.html

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii, April 21 (AP) — Rangers here are starting a program to stop people from littering the summit of Kilauea with offerings like incense, candles and food that attract rats and cockroaches.

Some park visitors consider the items an offering to Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess. But park service...

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A Celebration of Spring

April 22, 2007

Author: Cory Frolik

Source: Farmington Daily Times

http://www.daily-times.com/ci_5724640

FARMINGTON — From the way he was dancing at Saturday's Apple Blossom Contest Powwow, it was clear Joe Lafferty has done his fair share of practicing.

Although he bounced and shook vigorously with every pound of the drum, he never lost his balance — even when he supported all of his weight on one foot.

He did not so much as stumble, although he...

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Prayer Walk Brings More Focus on Revered Indian Sites

March 31, 2007

Author: Todd R. Brown

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://origin.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_5565046

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO - REEDY GRASSES swayed in the warm wind at the southeast edge of San Bruno Mountain, the clear sky capping the brown curve of the hillside, where about 35 people gathered in a circle Friday afternoon.

Wounded Knee DeOcampo stood in the center, wearing a black baseball cap and...

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Native Americans Win Appeal on 'Sewage' Snow

March 14, 2007

Source: Saturday Star

http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3729169

San Francisco - An Arizona ski resort's plan to use treated sewage to make snow on a mountain sacred to several Native American tribes violates religious freedom laws.

This was the ruling on Monday of a United States federal appeals court.

"We hold that the Forest Service's approval of the proposed expansion of the Snowbowl, including the use of treated sewage effluent to make...

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American Indians Sue Maine Prison Again

February 13, 2007

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6413528,00.html

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - American Indian inmates have sued state prison officials again, claiming they've been denied access to key religious requirements such as a sweat lodge, powwows and ceremonial food and music.

The federal lawsuit filed this month said that while Catholic and Protestant inmates can worship privately in the prison chapel, American Indians must conduct...

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"Even Where Eagles Fly," a Commentary by Martin E. Marty

January 1, 2007

Author: Martin E. Marty

Source: Sightings

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2007/0101.shtml

Weary as we have a right to be after the wearying December Wars that pit one kind of Christian versus all kinds of everyone else, or after ringing the latest changes on Muslim-Christian and everyone-else issues, let's turn away and lift our eyes, which means to do our "sighting" high above such conflicts and issues. We can take a...

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Wiccans Want Recognition as a Nature-Based Religion

December 24, 2006

Author: Scott Bauer

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/4422483.html

BARNEVELD, WIS.--” With an estimated 400,000 members nationwide, and a high-profile fight with the federal government over veterans' grave markers, Wiccans are moving into a more prominent place in the religious landscape.

Selena Fox is leading the way.

A Wiccan priestess...

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