The Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency responsible for investigating, developing and maintaining water and related environmental resources, recently announced that they would not allow the Dakota Access pipeline to be constructed under the Missouri River and through Lakota territory.
DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE WILL DESECRATE MANY NATIVE AMERICAN SACRED RELIGIOUS SITES.
Native American religion is intrinsically based on nature. Religious places are not man-made structures like churches or mosques, but open landscapes where their nature-gods live. No wonder then, when the Dakota Access Pipeline project came up, Native Americans were outraged at officials not considering the damage it will be causing to the environment and many of their religious sites.
While Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier sat down with President Barack Obama at a private roundtable in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 25, Morton County, N.D. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier was calling in police reinforcements from six states to enforce Energy Transfer Partners’ demands that “trespassers” be removed from the path of the pipeline.
When opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline galvanized the support of hundreds of U.S. tribes, it became an unprecedented show of Indian country unity and resolve.
Now, it’s a global indigenous movement.
TRAHANT REPORTS—Ten months ago the United States told the world it was ready to do something about climate change. Enough talk. Time to act. And because of the nature of the crisis, the world’s governments are moving quickly. Well, at least as measured by governments. On Wednesday President Barack Obama said the global agreement will begin implementation on November 4 after being ratified by European nations.
A federal judge has denied a Native American tribe's request for an injunction that would have temporarily halted construction on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, set to carry crude oil across four states.
"Native spirituality is taking deeper roots within the hearts of Christian people,” says Sister Kateri Mitchell, a member of Mohawk Nation and the Sisters of St. Anne who directs the annual National Tekakwitha Conference for Native American Catholics. More →
When Pope Francis canonizes Junipero Serra, he will become the first Hispanic American saint. Analysts see this as an effort to restore the historical balance away from "Anglo-centric" interpretation of U.S. history to the importance of Catholic missions.
Dr. Michael McNally is a professor of religion at Carleton College. He became involved with the Pluralism Project while doing his doctoral studies at Harvard University. He was instrumental in developing the Native Peoples' Traditions section of the first edition of On Common Ground: World Religions in America CD-ROM in 1997 and served as a senior academic reviewer of that section in the 2013 updated and online version. He became an affiliate of the Pluralism Project in 2004 with a project on Native American religious and cultural freedom.