Native American Traditions

Rocky Swamp Church Celebrates Heritage Day with Storytelling, Dancing, Prayer

November 24, 2006

Author: Loretta Demko

Source: The Times and Democrat

http://www.thetandd.com/articles/2006/11/24/news/doc4567bcf4d4bf2670328211.txt

An intertribal Heritage Day Gathering at Rocky Swamp American Indian Ministries on Nov. 18 drew participants from several tribes including Ojibwa, Wassamasaw, Edisto, Cree, Cherokee and Lakota.

Rocky Swamp is South Carolina’s first native ministry to perpetuate a spiritual...

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Calera Tribe Celebrates Harvest, not Thanksgiving

November 21, 2006

Author: Meredith Donnelly

Source: Shelby County Reporter

http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/articles/2006/11/22/lifestyles/life02.txt

Contrary to common Thanksgiving depictions of Pilgrims and Indians, according to Marsha “Many Moons” Rice, many Native Americans regard the fourth Thursday of November as a black day.

Some tribe members may celebrate the American holiday with their families, but members...

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An American Indian Accuses Federal Agents of Using Wildlife Laws to Thwart his Religious Practices

November 10, 2006

Author: James Pinkerton

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4327210.html

MCALLEN -- When Apache holy man Robert Soto performs at American Indian powwows, it is with some indignation: He's been left to dance with turkey feathers.

The revered golden eagle feathers that once topped his colorful headdress have been locked up since March, seized by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent after a...

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Ohio's Indigenous People Struggle Against Anonymity

November 6, 2006

Author: Stephanie Woodard

Source: Indian Country

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413954

Barbara Crandell, Cherokee, and Helen Griffin, Shawnee, spoke to Indian Country Today during Newark Earthworks Day, sponsored by Ohio State University's Newark Earthworks Center. The October event brought together Native and non-Native experts to speak on 2,000-year-old mounds and earthen-walled enclosures constructed by ancient indigenous people...

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Native Activists Urge Congress to Act on Behalf of Women

October 1, 2006

Source: Journal Star/Lee Enterprises

http://journalstar.com/news/local/article_85d4e23c-26bd-5fbc-bd6f-00e3398c6b15.html

On October 1, 2006 Lee Enterprises reported, " The report, when it was released in 1999, could have been a call to action: Native women are raped, abused, stalked and murdered more than any other group in the country. It wasn’t. 'When those statistics came out, there was no cry. There was no outrage,' said...

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Interfaith Service in Western New York Attended by Over 6,000

September 21, 2006

Source: University of Buffalo Reporter

http://www.buffalo.edu/reporter/vol38/vol38n4/articles/HHDL_Interfaith.html

On September 21, 2006 University of Buffalo Reporter reported, "In the first appearance of his three-day visit to [the University of Buffalo], His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama participated in an interfaith service on Monday in Alumni Arena that showcased the religious diversity of Western New York, featuring spiritual...

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Interfaith Prayer Service Marks Opening of UN General Assembly

September 21, 2006

Source: Sikh Sanghat

On September 21, 2006 the Sikh Sanghat reported, "Religious leaders representing up to 30 faith traditions from all over the world attended an interfaith prayer service on Sept 12th to mark the opening of the 61st United Nations General Assembly. The introductions were led by Hiro Sakurai, Committee of Religious NGOs and Rev. William Tully, St. Bartholomew’s Church. This was followed by prayers from the Native American, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha'i, Shinto, Taoist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, African Traditional Religions,...

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Baha'i and First Nations Youth Bond Over Soccer Match

September 19, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/479

On September 19, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "It's not often the players on opposite sides of a soccer team huddle together for prayers before a game. But neither is it common for outsiders to play in a soccer league that is otherwise composed entirely of Native Canadians. The Twin Arrows soccer team, made up of young Baha'is from the cities of Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver in British Columbia...

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Native American Veterans Cemetery Act to Enable Burial on Tribal Lands

August 26, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/03/washington/03cemetery.html

On August 26, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Traditionally, when American Indians are killed in battle, their remains are returned to their tribal lands for burial. But for the families of the many Indians who join the United States military, death brings a difficult choice: The veterans can be buried in a national veterans’ cemetery with fellow comrades in...

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"Praying Indians" Honored in Natick on Memorial Day

May 30, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/05/30/honoring_sacrifices_of_praying_indians/

On May 30, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "To the remorseless beat of a deerskin drum, three Native Americans in tribal regalia chanted a list of battles and wars their ancestors had fought since the `Praying Indians' settled here in the 1650s. In prayers and song, the tribe paid...

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