Other Indigenous Traditions

Controversy Over Relics of the Narragansett Tribespeople

December 20, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 20, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "nearly a century ago, eight bodies of Narragansett tribespeople were exhumed in the name of science and shipped to a Smith College laboratory. No permission from the tribe was sought or granted making the noted professor who oversaw the work, in the view of tribal leaders, not a scientist but a grave robber. Now plans are underway to return the remains to their original resting place in [Charlestown, R.I.] home of the Narragansetts for thousands of years. But repairing the damage is...

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Sharing Thanksgiving and Diversity in CA

November 24, 2004

Source: Merced Sun-Star

http://www.mercedsun-star.com/local/story/9498083p-10391278c.html

On November 24, 2004 Merced Sun-Star reported, "the [Livingston, CA] Thanksgiving celebration didn't look anything like the iconic image of pilgrims and American Indians sharing crops centuries ago. Instead, it put the spotlight on 60 people who practice eight different faiths and speak a half-dozen languages, all holding hands, dancing and chanting hymns for peace...

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Religious Freedom Restoration Act Protects Church's Use of Hallucinogenic Tea

November 15, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center Press

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=14374

On November 15, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "a federal appeals court on Nov. 12 upheld a lower court's ruling that temporarily stops the government from preventing a New Mexico church from using a hallucinogenic tea. The U.S. attorney general, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other government...

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WCC Official Encourages Harmony Between Christians and Followers of Afro-Brazilian Religions

November 11, 2004

Source: World Council of Churches

http://www2.wcc-coe.org/pressreleasesfr.nsf/index/pu-04-55.html

On November 11, 2004 the World Council of Churches issued a press release that reported, "'Christians and followers of Candomblé and other Afro-Brazilian religions need not be strangers to each other,' but rather must realize that they are 'neighbours one to the other, and (...) must strive to forge good neighbourliness characterized by tolerance and mutual...

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Opinion: Catering to Native Peoples' Concerns is Endangering Whale

October 4, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1004/p09s01-coop.html?s=hns

On October 4, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an opinion piece by Rondi Adamson on a clash between government scientists and native peoples over a trapped killer whale off the coast of British Columbia. Adamson writes, "It is said that your right to swing your arm ends where your arm meets someone else's nose. And, I might add, your right to believe your late...

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Baha'i Youth Conference Draws Participants from Multiple Religions

August 22, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story.cfm?storyid=319

On August 22, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A Baha'i youth conference here attracted participants from Baha'i, Muslim, Christian, and traditional African religious backgrounds. They gathered at the University of N'Zerekore in the forest region of this French-speaking country to learn about the teachings, history, and administration of the Baha'i Faith through...

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Debate Rages Over Medical Licensing of Traditional Healers

August 18, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/18/international/africa/18letter.html

On August 18, 2004 The New York Times reported, "South Africa is having a serious debate over how to license its doctors. Legislators are pondering minimum requirements for medical practice, rules of professional ethics and standards for quality of care. A government research council is conducting double-blind, placebo-controlled tests on potential new...

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Excommunicated Mormon Feminist Scholar Teaches About Heavenly Queens and Priestesses

August 14, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_2393183

On August 14, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "Margaret Toscano's faith and feminism coalesced during a Mormon temple ritual that spoke of heavenly queens and priestesses who reign alongside kings and priests. Coming as it did in the inner sanctuary of what she believed was a rigidly patriarchal church, the moment was thrilling, even revelatory, and it launched Toscano on a 30-year quest to uncover Mormonism's...

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Buddhists Ask Tribal Leaders to Perform Ritual to Help Fight Crime

August 11, 2004

Source: News24

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1571071,00.html

On August 11, 2004 News24 reported, "The Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit called on the help of sangomas last week in an attempt to curb crime in the area. Peter Just, spokesperson for the temple, said crime escalated in the area over the past few months. Because the perpetrators were probably from the local tribal communities, the temple thought that a...

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Ghanaian Chief Appeals for Religious Tolerance, Interfaith Work in Africa

June 28, 2004

Source: afrol News

http://www.afrol.com/articles/13472

On June 28, 2004 afrol News reported, "Ghanaian Paramount Chief Togbe Afede XIV, has appealed for tolerance and reciprocal respect among Africa's peoples, saying conflict was one reason why the continent had grown poorer over the past 25 years. The regional leader of Ho-Asogli state in the Volta region, urged African governments to endeavour to strengthen peace by working toward a more equal and just society. In a candid...

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