On August 14, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on "In the Light of Reverence," a documentary on PBS that reports on conflicts between American Indian tribes and companies "with mining and recreational interests over numerous sites in the West that the tribes say are sacred to them... The film focuses on three sites, Devils Tower in Wyoming (claimed as sacred by the...
On August 7, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "the Mattaponi Indians - which include descendants of Pocahontas - have long considered sacred the river that runs through their reservation in Virginia. The annual shad run, in particular, is of great cultural significance... Now, however, the city of Newport News, Va., wants to transfer water out of the Mattaponi River to support its growing population. The result is a clash of old and new - ancient religious values and modern water needs - that could set...
On August 2, 2001, deseretnews.com reported that "a legal debate about whether a self-described 'medicine man' violated
drug laws for giving peyote to non-American Indians during religious ceremonies
continues in Utah County. A motion by James 'Flaming Eagle' Mooney to dismiss drug and racketeering
charges against him and his wife, Linda, is being reviewed" by the district judge. "Attorney Kathryn Collard, who represents the Mooneys, said the case boils down
to a constitutional right to practice religion."
On July 30, 2001, The Seattle Times reported on Hopi carver Debbie Drye. "Some say the men [who objected to her demonstrations at the Heard Museum] are jealous of Drye's talent. But the Hopi Cultural
Preservation Office maintains it's an issue of religion. Traditionally, Hopi men carve kachinas and give them to women as
representations of Kastina, the spirit of procreation, thus excluding women from
carving the sacred objects...Male carver Forest Chimerica will replace Drye...Chimerica says he does not object to women carvers, but...
On July 22, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured an article on the differing views of the Gwich'in Indians of Arctic Village and the Inupiat Eskimos of Kaktovik on Bush's proposal to drill for oil in Alaska. Gwich'in Indians rely on caribou for sustenance, and hold caribou and the land as sacred. Drilling for oil threatens both; tribal leadership sees it as a matter of human rights. In 1971, the Inupiat yielded their tribal claims to land for a cash settlement and title to some land and undelying...
On July 18, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "the Bureau of Land Management is closing a popular motocross area near the town of Wolcott [CO] after the agency belatedly discovered the track was on top of a significant Ute archaeological site... As a result, BLM planners have had to return a $ 20,000 state trails grant that a motorcycle group, the Eagle Valley Sportsriders, was counting on to improve and expand the racetrack, which had never been formally approved by the agency... Howard Richards, director of the Southern Utes'...
On July 18, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on Hopi carver Debbie Drye, who works at the Heard Museum. "The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office objected [to demonstrations by her of her work], insisting that a woman
carver should not demonstrate at a Native American museum. And [museum]
officials...have agreed to use a substitute
demonstrator...The Hopi Cultural
Preservation Office maintains it's an issue of religion."
On July 7, 2001, The New York Times reported on a dispute over "35 acres of fertile flatland by the Black Creek in northwestern New Jersey." Due to a law suit over the land, "a state judge has been sorting out competing claims about the site's history and laying the foundation for a decision to either preserve the land as a sacred burial site or allow it to be transformed with 147 adjacent acres into a 21st-century recreation center... The rivals in the court fight are, on one side, the town officials in Vernon [NJ] and on the...
On July 1, 2001, The Denver Post reported
on "a new cycle of 18 teens enrolled in
'Our Youth, Our
Future,' a two-month program run throughout the
year at" the Four Corners Regional Adolescent Treatment
Center. "The center treats troubled American Indian
youths for drug and alcohol
dependence with an emphasis on the students'
learning their culture and who
they are, whether it be Navajo, Sioux, Apache or
another tribe." The sweat lodge they enter is an ancient
part of Navajo tradition and beliefs.
On June 30, 2001, The Buffalo News reported
that "area religious leaders...launched a united
opposition to casino
proposals for the Buffalo Niagara region [from Gov. George E. Pataki and Seneca Nation President Cyurs M. Schindler]...Adding
to the chorus was the [Methodist] Rev. Marvin Abrams, a Seneca
Indian...He contended that casino gambling will only compound
social ills that already exist on the reservations....While many leaders said
they recognize the need for economic development
...on Indian reservations, the consensus...
On June 28, 2001, The Navajo Times reported that it is only possible to have a Navajo in the U.S. Congress and to have Navajos and Hopis working together "if the Navajo Nation is put into a single congressional and legislative
voting district, area citizens told the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. As part of a statewide effort to solicit public...
On June 22, 2001, The New York Times reported on the conflict over Weatherman Draw in south-central Montana. "Indian tribes that trace the presence of their ancestors here say they believe the spirits of their elders remain, making these 4,200 acres about 50 miles south of Billings [MT] a sacred place to them.... Yet now, the valley and its fading ancient art are at the center of a major conflict, one of the first that illustrates the kind of dispute that erupts when the nation struggles to balance energy needs with environmental...
On June 21, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "for nearly a decade, the Wyandotte tribe has sought, without success, judicial or legislative authority to erect a casino somewhere in Wyandotte County [in Kansas] - which the tribe left under treaty in the 1850s for its present-day reservation in Oklahoma... The tribe on Monday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., that raises those stakes to a new level by claiming legal rights to nearly 2,000 acres of developed real estate north of downtown Kansas...
On June 17, 2001, Newsday reported on Frank "White Eagle"
Schaefer, a registered member of the
Onondaga nation and holy man. "He is...deeply steeped in his culture and works to
educate others of the ways of his people. Schaefer is a much revered elder among
those following the Keetowah faith, which teaches reverence for family and nature
and [has been] practiced in diverse forms by American Indian tribes" for centuries. Schaefer is also devoted to Catholocism. He "weaves American Indian headbands out of 12 colorful pieces of yarn,...
On June 15, 2001, The Buffalo News reported on
Gary Brouse, who is the director of the Interfaith Center's
Office of Diversity,
Indigenous Issue and Community Economic Development.
Its mission is to encourage corporations to abandon
the practice of using Native American names and
logos, by appealing to companies' shareholders if
necessary. Public schools and universities are another
battleground for the group.