Native American Traditions

Shopping Center Site Allegedly on Indian Burial Ground

January 31, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/160/story_16038_1.html

On January 31, 2005 Beliefnet/RNS reported, "a Massachusetts-based Indian tribe has expressed concern that the proposed Souza Road shopping center might be built on land that has 'suspected traditional, religious, spiritual and architectural resources' significant to the tribe. In a letter to the town [of Tiverton, RI], the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay...

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NY Church Holds Interfaith Service for World Peace

January 10, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/011005/b05w10dedication.html

On January 10, 2005 The Journal News reported, "Religious leaders assembled yesterday to proclaim world peace and foster an understanding of people's differences and common bonds. Nine colorful batik banners with symbols representing the world's major religions and cultures were unveiled during a morning service at Memorial United Methodist Church. The flags...

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Botanicas in California Serve as “an Entry Point to New Faiths”

December 6, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-botanicas6dec06,1,835053.story?coll=la-news-religion

On December 6, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "on Sunday ... dozens of students, museum patrons and spiritualism enthusiasts ... listened to a panel discussion at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History on the practices and traditions of the priests and priestesses who offer their services...

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Nebraska Accommodates Native American Prisoners’ Religious Needs

November 16, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center Press

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=14381

On November 16, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Nebraska prison officials have agreed to new rules to accommodate the religious and cultural needs of American Indian inmates in order to settle a federal court action. The settlement agreement, obtained on Nov. 11 by The Associated Press, arose out of a...

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Coalition Fights Native American Mascots

October 2, 2004

Source: NCM/BET News

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=dcfa238dfca7d17a68cf46d556cc8eb2

On October 2, 2004 NCM/BET News reported, "in the nation’s capital, where 20,000 Native Americans converged this week for the most grandiose tribal gathering in U.S. history, several Indian groups are demanding that the city discard an icon they say reminds them of America’s historic hate of their people:...

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Scholar Comments on Irony, Importance of New Native American Museum

September 26, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 26, 2004 The Boston Globe published "On Native Grounds," an opinion piece. Philip Jenkins, a professor at Penn State University, wrote that by "occupying the last open space on Washington's Mall, the new National Museum of the American Indian suggests a powerful irony of American history: The people who were first on the ground are the last to be commemorated. But the new museum also carries other messages about how Americans, past and present, view that history... Architecturally, its curving sandstone walls, said to...

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Medicine Wheel Lands Protected by Federal Court Decision

September 21, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=14062

On September 21, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "a federal appeals court has upheld the U.S. Forest Service's decision to set aside 23,000 acres to protect the view from a sacred American Indian medicine wheel. Wyoming Sawmills Inc., a logging company in Sheridan, Wyo., had challenged the agency's decision to create the Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark in the...

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Winnemem Wintu Ritual Protest Against Dam in CA

September 14, 2004

Source: New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/14/national/14tribe.html?pagewanted=all

On September 14, 2004 New York Times reported that, "Sunday night was the opening of a four-day ceremony that had not been performed by the Winnemem since 1887. Known as the Hu'p Chonas, the ritual of dancing and fasting on acorn water signals that the Winnemem are at war, though this is not a battle fought with traditional weaponry against a traditional...

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Non-Native Americans OK'd for Ceremonial Peyote in UT

June 24, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13562

On June 24, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that non-American Indian members of the Native American Church may use peyote in religious ceremonies. In a unanimous decision June 22 in State of Utah v. Mooney, the court found in favor of James and Linda Mooney and their church, the Oklevueha Earthwalks Native American Church. The...

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Controversy Sparks Over Use of Utah's Sacred Land

June 4, 2004

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week740/cover.html

On June 4, 2004 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "Nine Mile Canyon is in Utah, and it has two important attributes. One is its thousands of sites of Native American carvings and drawings. The other is an unusual concentration of natural gas. Now, the federal government has given an energy corporation approval to do seismic exploration for that natural gas...

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Court Ordered Treatment Uses Native American Customs

May 9, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/145/story_14541_1.html

On May 9, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "Officials with Albuquerque's Metropolitan Court hope a new culture-specific court intervention program geared toward American Indians can prove to be an effective weapon in the state's fight against drunken driving. The new Urban Native American Drug Court program involves the use of sweat lodges, consultation with spiritual counselors and participation in '...

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University of Illinois Students Protest Against Mascot

April 16, 2004

Source: The Daily Illini

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/1693

On April 16, 2004 The Daily Illini reported, "Frustrated with the Board of Trustees' reluctance to address the Chief Illiniwek controversy, more than 40 anti-Chief protesters took over Swanlund Administration Building Thursday. Beginning at about 7:30 a.m., the protesters — students, professors, alumni and Native Americans — held a sit-in, blocking all entrances to Swanlund and refusing to leave or let anyone in until the...

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