Native American Traditions

First National Native American Pow Wow on National Mall

September 15, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 15, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "the first national Native American Pow Wow [was] hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian yesterday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C."

New York City Home to Largest Native American Population

August 29, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On August 29, 2002 The New York Times reported that "the city with the largest American Indian population, according to the 2000 Census... is New York City... The census counted 41,289 American Indians and Alaska natives living in the city in 2000... There are more than 500 American Indian tribes in the country, and many are represented in New York City. Most tribes... have their own languages and religions... Michael A. Taylor said, who works with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, and was the head male dancer in the...

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California Passes Bill to Protect Land Sacred to Native American Tribes

August 29, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On August 29, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the State "Assembly easily approved a bill Thursday that gives California's politically powerful Indian tribes greater say over development on land they consider sacred - both public and private - that lies outside their reservations...     The bill pitted tribes against a long list of business groups that said the measure would give tribes the power to hold up or stop commercial and residential development... Despite being watered down, the bill still...

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Ponkapoags' Artifacts May be at Site of Land Development

August 24, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 24, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "Canton was home to the Ponkapoags for thousands of years... And the Massachusetts Historical Commission believes there may be Indian artifacts or remains in the ground at the very site where a new Jersey developer wants to build 528 housing units... The commission notified Canton officials and the developer has now hired a laboratory to do an archeological survey of the 100-acre parcel. The permit process and construction cannot proceed until the survey is done."

Albuquerque Learns More about its Immigrant Communities

August 24, 2002

Source: Albuquerque Tribune

On August 24, 2002 the Albuquerque Tribune reported that "three local organizations have teamed up to survey how people born abroad hold on to their culture... language, art and religion [in Albuquerque, New Mexico]... the survey... is aimed at identifying and documenting about 45 ethnic groups with populations of 750 or more... Funding slightly more than $60,000 comes from the city's Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts and the Arts Alliance...   Interviews are designed to find...

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Government Must Return Eagle Feathers for Native American Religious Practice

August 6, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16684

On August 6, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "the government must return eagle feathers to a descendant of American Indians so he can use them in religious practices... In a case that weighed freedom of religion against the government's ability to protect bald and golden eagles, the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a lower...

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California City Brings Together Leaders of Diverse Faiths to Dedicate National Motto

July 29, 2002

Source: The Bakersfield Californian

http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/1505644p-1623213c.html

On July 29, 2002 The Bakersfield Californian reported that in Bakersfield, California "a ceremony in the council chambers will formally dedicate... 'In God We Trust'... the words that were mounted last week above the city seal behind the council dais... And representatives of the city's Islamic, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, American Indian, Catholic and...

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Drought in the Southwest Diminishes Plants used in Native American Rituals

July 28, 2002

Source: ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20020728_705.html

On July 28, 2002 ABC News reported that "drought and wildfires in the Southwest have taken a huge toll on the natural materials that Native Americans use in their ceremonies... The staples include tobacco, whose smoke is used for relieving stress; corn, whose pollen is used for communicating with holy people and protection; and many normally resilient trees and plants, whose leaves are used for medicine...

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Tribes Struggle to Protect Sacred Lake from Energy Company

July 17, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 17, 2002 the Los Angeles Times featured the article "A Power Struggle: Electric vs. Spiritual" on the struggle between a big energy company and California Native American tribes over the company's plans for a sacred lake in California. The company, "Calpine Corp., hopes to harvest megawatts from generating plants only a few miles from the sacred lake. Exploratory drilling is to begin this week... Tribal lore has it that the Creator bathed in Medicine Lake, and it remains a place of raw spiritual power... Tribal elders...

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Religious Diversity in Texas Prisons

July 14, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/tsw/stories/071402dntextdcreligion.32e5c.html

On July 14, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that "at first glance, prisons may seem an unlikely place to find religion... But as inmates grapple with the despair and monotony of prison life, some find religion... In all, nearly 140 denominations are represented in the Texas Department of Criminal...

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Book to Focus on Religious Diversity of Ohio

July 12, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On July 12, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio... and the Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission are planning [a new] book, Religion in Ohio: Over 200 Years of Experiences... As the state approaches 200, Christian and Jewish bodies remain prominent, but now they have plenty of company. [The] book for Ohio's bicentennial in 2003 also will discuss the beliefs of American Indians, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and...

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New Native American Interpretive Center Built on Preserved Land in California City

June 9, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On June 9, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "in a ceremony marked by solemn chanting from the Bird Song Singers, American Indians and the descendants of European settlers joined yesterday to dedicate the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center, [in Poway, California]... Kumeyaay leaders praised... the city of Poway, Scouting groups and others who have cleaned up the site, built trails, gardens, ramadas (shade structures) and a native house made of sticks and reeds."

LDS Church Attempts to Buy Public Land of Religious Significance

May 15, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 15, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "a bill in Congress, opposed by conservationists and history buffs, would allow the Mormon Church to buy a chunk of historic public land beside four pioneer trails southwest of Casper, Wyo... The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants to buy a 1,640-acre site known as Martin's Cove, where at least 56 Mormon immigrants died in a blizzard in 1856... But conservationists worry that the U.S. Department of the Interior would set a dangerous precedent by selling...

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Native Americans Protest Federal Task Force Decision

March 30, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 30, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "as farmers cheered, federal officials let the water flow yesterday from a canal into fields for the first time since last summer, when irrigation was halted amid fears about endangered sucker fish... Members of two Indian tribes chanted and banged drums to show their concern that the Bush administration is favoring the needs of farmers over their own. The fish are considered sacred to tribes in the Klamath Basin."

Summer Camp Eliminates Offensive Practice

March 24, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On March 24, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "for 80 years, 4-H members at summer camp in West Virginia have split into tribes and followed rituals patterned after American Indian customs, from copying rain dances to wearing headdresses to creating self-styled tribal yells... Now, the practice -- a large part of the summer camps themselves -- is being eliminated because of a formal complaint that it is offensive to American Indians... West Virginia has more than 10,000 full-or mixed-blood...

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