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Senator Daschle Can Help Sioux Resolve Land Dispute

June 6, 2001

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

On June 6, 2001, St. Paul Pioneer Press published an opinion piece by Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, about Senator Tom Daschle and the issue of the Black Hills settlement in South Dakota. "The one issue at the top of the agenda of all tribal leaders in this region is the Black Hills settlement." For decades, the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation have refused monetary compensation in the place of the land. "As one of the most powerful politicians in America, perhaps it is finally time Daschle helped to resolve this...most serious...

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Los Angeles Dialogue Between Jews and Muslims Interrupted over Recent Events in Middle East

June 6, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 6, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "a landmark Muslim-Jewish dialogue group in Los Angeles has stopped meeting after Islamic leaders requested a freeze amid outrage in their community over Israeli behavior in the Mideast...Muslims complained that they felt they were expected to...condemn Palestinian violence without Jews doing the same for Israeli excesses. Jewish leaders expressed frustration that Muslims were not self-critical enough." Five Jewish leaders sent a letter to the senior advisor to the Muslim council...

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The Past Few Decades Have Been Come-Back Years for Native Americans

June 6, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On June 6, 2001, The Denver Post reported that in the past 30 years Native Americans "made their return from near annihilation to revival and renaissance...During the late 1960s, the civil rights movement and the peace movement led to a general awakening of American society that in turn inspired Indian people toward self-determination." American Indians increasingly became "lawyers, educators and activists," who got a lot of legislation passed in the '70s. "This tremendous resurgence of Indian culture is also due, in large part, to...

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Town Residents Support Preservation of Monument Displaying Ten Commandments

June 4, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On June 4, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "in 1998, two Elkhart [Indiana] residents, aided by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU), filed a lawsuit demanding the removal of" a monument in front of city hall that lists the Ten Commandments, on the grounds that it violated the separation of church and state. "Mayor David Miller...led the petition drive and helped design bumper stickers to save the monument. The issue was constantly on the front page of the local paper...Miller, 44, has made it a personal crusade to...

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Episcopalian, Catholic and Lutheran Bishops Pledge to Work Together

June 4, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On June 4, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported that "Northeast Ohio Episcopal, Catholic and Lutheran bishops...put aside centuries of enmity to sign a historic covenant pledging to work together in matters of faith and public policy...The covenant does declare that the three churches here share belief in fundamental areas of Christian faith...The three groups pledge to...collaborate in educational and training programs, share liturgical practices and cooperate in social service, advocacy, community development and organizing and social-...

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Group of Indian Christians in Baltimore Finally Has Church

June 3, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On June 3, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported on the parishioners of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, who "trace their denomination's origins to A.D. 52, when, they believe, one of Jesus' apostles, Thomas, traveled to Asia and established one of the earliest Christian communities." After years of dreams and work, this church was completed last month.

Militant Hindus and Jews in New York Unite Against Common Muslim Enemy

June 2, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 2, 2001, The New York Times reported that a group of militant Hindus in Queens and Long Island and a group of radical Jews in Brooklyn "have discovered that sharing a distant enemy is sufficient basis for friendship. So tight is their anti-Muslim bond that some of the Hindus marched alongside the Jews in the annual Salute to Israel Parade on Fifth Avenue...Several of the Jews joined a protest outside the United Nations against the treatment of Hindus in Afghanistan by the Taliban regime."

German Government Seeks Help from U.S. Jewish Groups in Fight against Intolerance

June 2, 2001

Source: The National Journal

On June 2, 2001, The National Journal reported that "the German government-criticized in the past for not addressing the issues of racism and intolerance strongly enough, and alarmed about the spike in hate crimes-is moving ahead with a broad-based legal and educational campaign...designed to change people's behavior and attitudes...And they have asked for help from...American Jewish organizations and educational groups."

Annual National Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference Takes Place in Houston

June 2, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 2, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "the pope's preacher and a newly consecrated cardinal top the speakers scheduled to address a national gathering of charismatic Catholics...in Houston...The gathering, the National Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, is expected to attract more than 3,000 people. The goal of the conference is to revitalize the faithful and reach across denominations to Christians who share an emotional and Pentecostal approach to worship." The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a 34-year-...

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Memorial Planned for Birthplace of Pentecostal Movement

June 2, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 2, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on Azusa Street in L.A., where the Pentecostal movement started in 1906. "This week, as thousands of believers gathered again in Los Angeles for the World Pentecostal Conference, a long-stalled effort to give the site its due took a significant step forward. In a ceremony...a multicultural memorial committee brought together Pentecostal and Japanese American leaders...Project members envision a mural and computerized kiosk that would tell of Azusa Street's rich and dramatic history......

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Religious Leaders in New York Protest Taliban's Dress Code for Hindus

June 1, 2001

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On June 1, 2001, The Jerusalem Post reported that "lined up along the Holocaust Memorial Wall across from the United Nations headquarters, Jewish, Christian, and Hindu leaders wore yellow stickers and spoke out in solidarity with Afghan Hindus, who are being forced by the nation's ruling Taliban movement to wear saffron- colored garments...Jewish and Israeli leaders condemned the [Taliban's dress-code] ruling, declaring it reminiscent of the Nazi era and the Holocaust."

Students and Parents Object to Religious Songs in Ohio Public Schools

June 1, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On June 1, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "some students and parents object to the singing of explicitly religious lyrics in public schools. These critics -- including the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, which filed a lawsuit against Columbus schools last month on behalf of three families -- think the practice violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause." The Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio chapter's president said he has no problem with the songs as long as they are initiated by students...

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Firefights' Lawsuit Declares Hair Policy to Be Violation of Religious Freedom Act

May 31, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A311-2001May31.html

On May 31, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "Six D.C. firefighters filed a federal lawsuit yesterday alleging that Fire Chief Ronnie Few illegally interfered with their religious beliefs by ordering them to cut their hair or trim their beards to conform with a department grooming policy...The lawsuit seeks a court order that would declare the policy violates the...

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Many Try to Get Around Rulings that Ban the Public Display of the Decalogue

May 31, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On May 31, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported that officials in Harlan County [Kentucky] have found a way around the ACLU injunction forcing them to take down copies of the Ten Commandments that were posted in public places. "They simply bundled the Commandments with other classic texts, such as the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence, and reposted them as 'historical documents.' It's just one of several recent actions that have shown how determined some in the Bible Belt are to reintroduce...

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