Native American Traditions

School Library Journal's Video of the Week: What Do You Believe

March 26, 2003

Source: School Library Journal

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On March 26, 2003 the School Library Journal reported on their Video of the Week: What Do you Believe. The Journal reported that "this... documentary explores the spiritual lives of American teens. It includes in-depth interviews with six teenagers as well as commentary from 20 diverse teens. These teens are not actors, and...

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Native American Leaders of World Peace and Prayer Day

March 14, 2003

Source: The Independent

http://www.theindependent.com/stories/031403/new_sioux14.shtml

On March 14, 2003 The Independent reported that "after years of being the holder of the original Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman pipe, [Oval Looking Horse,] spiritual leader of the Great Sioux Nation and founder of World Peace and Prayer Day... Looking Horse was the keynote speaker during Hastings College's Religion and Philosophy in Life Week... The focus this week has...

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Dispute in Neighborhood of Ponca Sweat Lodge in Omaha

February 11, 2003

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On February 11, 2003 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "whether the sweat lodge in the Brookhaven neighborhood in southwest Omaha is a religious practice protected under the U.S.  Constitution or a threat to public health and safety will be determined in the next 30 days. Monday, the City of Omaha said Rose could continue using her sweat lodge while it sorts out legal issues in the conflict... 'This is my way of life,' said Rose, a spiritual leader in the Northern Ponca Tribe. 'A lot of people rely on this...' Boyd Bell,...

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Native Americans to Protect Burial Mounds in Ohio

January 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/local/4874566.htm

On January 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "descendants of American Indians say most mounds in Ohio have been disturbed so they are fighting to protect the limited, albeit unknown, number that remain untouched... American Indian burial mounds on public property are protected by federal law. However, there are no laws protecting those on private land, where many are located... A...

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Life Enrichment Center in Michigan

January 1, 2003

Source: The Flint Journal

http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news-9/1041436261225710.xml

On January 1, 2003 The Flint Journal reported that "C. K. Venkateswaran, a Sunday school teacher at the local Hindu Temple and Chinmaya Mission, began the readings with a peace prayer in Hindu... The Rev. Deborah Kohler, pastor of Woodside Church of Flint, read a Christian...

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Learning the Lakota Language in Colorado

December 30, 2002

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_86_1640372,00.html

On December 30, 2002 the Rocky Mountain News reported that "about 44,000 American Indians live in Colorado, just 1 percent of the population. Most of them are Navajo, Cherokee and Lakota... Some might ask what's the use learning a language so few speak? May as well ask why keep tradition. Language is culture....

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Sacred Land and Rock Climbing

December 27, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 27, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that "he U.S. Forest Service is rethinking whether climbers should be allowed on Cave Rock at Lake Tahoe, a site held sacred by Washoe Indians. Three years ago, the Forest Service limited rock climbing at the site but did not ban it. Instead, it prohibited the addition of new climbing bolts and ordered the removal of some bolts left in the rock face. But the Forest Service began re-evaluating that management plan earlier this year when a new supervisor took over the agency's...

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Marin Community Foundation Awards Community-Building Efforts

November 21, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 21, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Marin Community Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in grants to 14 congregations throughout the county that are actively involved in community-building efforts. A variety of religious faiths are represented, ranging from Bridge the Gap (a partnership by Sausalito Presbyterian Church and the Marin City Church of God) to the Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon and the Novato-based International Association of Sufism. A grant to St. Andrews...

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Controversy Over Land for Native American Medicine Wheel

November 16, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E53%257E994717%257E,00.html

On November 16, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a dispute continues over whether 23,000 acres can legally be set aside to protect the view from a sacred American Indian medicine wheel. A federal District Court last year ruled against Wyoming Sawmills Inc. of Sheridan, in its challenge of the protections for Medicine Wheel National...

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Controversy Over Land for Native American Medicine Wheel

November 13, 2002

Source: The Becket Fund

http://www.becketfund.org/litigate/MedicineWheel.html

On November 13, 2002 The Becket Fund reported that "in November 2002, The Becket Fund filed an amicus curiae brief [Wyoming Sawmills Inc. v. U.S. Forest Service, et al] with the 10th Circuit, on behalf of itself and a wide variety of Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations, including the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, the General...

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Author of Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths Urges Interfaith Dialogue

October 19, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 19, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "Bruce Feiler, [author of Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths], is urging followers of the three major mono-theistic faiths to... [talk] to one another. 'Abraham is a potential unifier because he stands before the creation of the three major religions,' Feiler said during a recent talk held at Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs, which houses a joint Conservative-Reform Jewish congregation."

Commercialization of Native American Sweat Lodges Creates Differing Opinions

September 15, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 15, 2002 The New York Times reported that "until Aug. 11, 1978, when Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, ceremonies like the sweat lodge were illegal. Today, Mr. Charles Thom and others are turning sweat lodge ceremonies into commercial enterprises, making their way into spas and 12-step groups and mounting carnival-like tours. The sponsoring group for last weekend's sweat lodge in Baiting Hollow, north of Riverhead, was the Earth Circle Association, a Fort Jones, Calif[ornia]-based...

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California Senate Bill to Protect Indian Sites

September 15, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 15, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "the California Senate Bill 1828... is supposed to safe-guard sacred Indian sites by compelling government agencies to notify an Indian trib of any proposed development project within 20 miles of its reservation, then requiring the developer to work with the tribe to ease the effects of the project... The reality could be an avalanche of lawsuits and endless delays for developers and local governments, business groups and other opponents contend... The tribes and their supporters...

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