Native Traditions

Native American Group Sues to Stop Gold Mining on Sacred Site

November 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: First Amendment Center

Wire Service: AP

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20922

A group of American Indians has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to stop an open-pit gold mining project in Nevada that tribal members say will disrupt a mountain used for religious and cultural purposes.

The group of...

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Obama’s Support is Widespread in Indian Country

October 17, 2008

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/politics/campaign2008/31160049.html

By the end of September, more than 100 tribal leaders had endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.

The endorsers included Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., who represents the largest sovereign Indian nation in the country with approximately 300,000 members in southeastern Utah,...

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UC-Berkeley Tree Protest Closes With Ceremony

October 3, 2008

Author: Shadi Rahimi

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/30292149.html

After 649 days perched atop a redwood, the last tree-sitters surrendered their protest of University of California – Berkeley’s plan to chop down a tree grove to build a sports training center.

The world watched. As did such activists as Morning Star Gali, a Pit River member and community activist, with sadness and...

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Judge: Needville Boy Doesn't Have to Tuck in Hair at School

October 3, 2008

Author: Dale Lezon

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6038942.html

A federal judge ruled Friday that a 5-year-old Needville Elementary School kindergartner will be allowed to return to school with his hair in plain sight, at least for now.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Native American student, Adriel Arocha. He was taught separately...

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More Than 6,000 Enjoy Native American Culture

October 1, 2008

Author: Hank Beckman

Source: The Herald News

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1193941,4_1_JO01_POWWOW_S1.article

Dancing under trees just starting to show their fall colors, representatives of various Illinois tribes brought Native American culture to Naperville on Sunday.

The Midwest SOARRING Foundation held its 14th Annual Harvest Pow Wow at Naper Settlement this weekend.

More...

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Passaconaway’s Descendants Struggle to Protect Sacred Site

September 26, 2008

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/29792069.html

When oral tradition and spiritual practice come up against the dominant society’s ideas about property rights and land use, who gets to decide what is historical fact, what is legend and what is sacred?

In York, a pristine southern Maine town of ocean-view mansions and a bustling summer tourist trade, that...

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Judge Rules in Favor of Comanche Nation, Ft. Sill Halts Construction at Medicine Bluff

September 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: KSWO

http://www.kswo.com/Global/story.asp?S=9068897

On Wednesday, the Comanche Nation spoke out about its legal victory to stop Fort Sill's construction near the historic Medicine Bluffs on post. Although the fight isn't over, the tribe is celebrating a federal judge's preliminary injunction to halt the post's work on its new Training Services Center near the base of the bluffs. The Comanches say the area is sacred to the...

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Powwow Dispels Myths About American Indians

September 6, 2008

Author: Barrett Newkirk

Source: The Herald Bulletin

http://www.theheraldbulletin.com/local/local_story_250205904.html

Black, red and white are allowed in the closets of Delaware Indians, as Greg Livengood learned Saturday. During the Andersontown Powwow, the Greenfield resident listened as Dee Ketchum, a former Delaware chief, led a presentation on his tribe’s history and customs.

Ketchum’s black otter fur hat and...

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Tribal Schools Expand Role Preserving Native Cultures

August 28, 2008

Author: Butch Reifert

Source: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

http://www.djc.com/news/co/11203987.html

Native Americans are showing increased interest nationwide in building schools that instill in their children a deeper understanding of their tribal culture and connection to the environment.

Recognizing the importance of preserving traditions that might otherwise be lost on younger generations, Indian groups from New York state to Washington state...

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Hospital Fuses Navajo Tradition, Modern Medicine

August 17, 2008

Author: Josh Biggs

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-08-17-navajo-hospital_N.htm

When a Navajo woman delivers a baby at Banner Page Hospital in northern Arizona, she invites her entire family — often more than 10 people — into the birthing room. She may give birth squatting, as is custom among Native Americans. A medicine man will offer ancient prayers and herbs for the mother to ease childbirth....

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Update: Inmate Reaches Accord With Prison Over Eagle Feathers

July 31, 2008

Author: Mallika Rao

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=16186

An American Indian inmate in Wyoming has reached an agreement with prison officials to allow him and other inmates access to bald eagle feathers for use in sacred ceremonies.

Stephen Pevar, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who represented inmate Andrew John Yellowbear, called the decision a "great victory for religious...

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Maine Town Supports Maliseet Jurisdiction Over Housing Land

July 25, 2008

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096417801

The chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians welcomed an announcement by the Houlton Town Council to release its authority over tribal land in support of the band's autonomy.

''It was very surprising. I was very pleased that the town came to that decision. I do absolutely see it as a support of our tribal sovereignty and...

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Native American Beliefs Clash with Rural District's Dress Code

July 14, 2008

Author: Eric Hanson

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/5888151.html

A small rural school district in Fort Bend County and a determined mother are tangled in a dispute over hair.

Michelle Betenbaugh says her 5-year-old son, Adriel Arocha, wears his hair long because of religious beliefs tied to his Native American heritage.

But the leaders of the Needville school district have...

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An Indian Sacrament Behind Prison Walls

June 28, 2008

Author: Nancy Mullane

Source: Weekend America

http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/26/sweat_prison/

The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world -- 2.3 million Americans are currently behind bars. But that doesn't mean they don't get weekends. Their weekends are just a little different.

At San Quentin State Prison in California, there's a place of worship for everyone -- a Protestant...

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