Native Traditions

Intertribal Council Holding Awareness-Raising Concert

June 13, 2009

Author: Lanz Christian Bañes

Source: Times-Herald

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_12583943?source=most_emailed

The Vallejo Intertribal Council will host a concert today in People's Park to raise awareness of the Glen Cove shellmound.

The shellmound -- a sacred site used for burial by Native American peoples -- is at Glen Cove Waterfront Park and has been a source of tension between native groups and the Greater Vallejo...

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Native Americans Ask Court to Stop Gold Mine On Sacred Mountain

June 6, 2009

Author: Lisa J. Wolf

Source: Environment News Service

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2009/2009-06-06-093.asp

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether the Canadian corporation Barrick Gold will be allowed to construct and operate an open pit gold mine on Mt. Tenabo in Nevada. The mine is planned on lands that are culturally and spiritually significant to the Western Shoshone native people.

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Texas District to Let Native American Student Keep Long Hair

April 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=21480

A Native American Somerset High School senior — whose parents filed a federal lawsuit saying his right of religious expression was violated when he received an on-campus suspension — can return to class without having to cut his shoulder-length hair.

Jesus Figueroa’s long hair had been an issue since last school year...

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High Court Petitioned to Protect Sacredness, Environmental Integrity Of San Francisco Peaks

January 23, 2009

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/38225129.html

The Navajo Nation and other interested parties have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of a precedent setting case to protect sacred sites and religious practices.

The Supreme Court is the last stop for Navajo Nation v. U.S. Forest Service, a case that began in 2002 when the service granted a special permit to the Arizona Snowbowl to expand its...

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Needville Kindergartner Wins Battle to Keep Hair Long

January 22, 2009

Author: Jennifer Latson

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6223788.html

Five-year-old Adriel Arocha doesn’t have to stuff his hair into his shirt collar. And he doesn’t have to meet privately with a teacher, away from his classmates, for flouting the school’s policy on hair length.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the Needville Independent School District’...

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Preservation Concerns At Colorado Sacred Site

January 13, 2009

Author: Carol Berry

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/37348384.html

“What makes a sacred site sacred?” was the question posed to visiting scholars from South America and the U.S. in a workshop at Native American Rights Fund in Boulder.

The answers came from a number of participants in the event, which was part of a study of lands in the post-colonial North American West conducted Dec. 5...

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Restoring Harmony With Reburial of Native American Remains

December 14, 2008

Author: Tami Abdollah and Jason Song

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-then14-2008dec14,0,4321751.story

More than 15 years of acrimony came to an end Saturday when about 1,000 Native American remains that had been exhumed during construction were laid to rest and covered with white seashells during a sacred burial ceremony near the Westchester bluffs.

For Robert Dorame, a Bellflower...

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School Allows American Indian Boy to Keep Hair Braided

November 25, 2008

Author: Christine Harvey

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17024

An American Indian boy who wears his hair in a braid as part of a religious custom will be allowed to remain at his school after school officials reversed an earlier decision that the child would have to cut his hair or wear his braid in a bun.

Schools Superintendent Gayle Sloan has agreed to let Curtis Harjo keep his braid, even though...

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