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article Standing Rock: Building Deeper Alliances with the Land and our Neighbors (1/6/2017)
(Kansas) -- Indigenous people are showing White Christians the dynamic power of faith in action. Standing Rock is a spiritual center of transformation and a global...
article COMMENTARY: Standing Rock: Historic win for Native American religious freedom (12/21/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Dec. 4, the two-year struggle by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their sacred land and water ended — at least for now — when...
article HAYNES: Historic win for Native American religious freedom (12/17/2016)
(North Dakota) -- On Dec. 4, the two-year struggle by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their sacred land and water ended – at least for now – when the Obama...
article Winchester pastor describes scene at pipeline protest (12/13/2016)
(Massachusetts) -- The plan was to meet up with fellow clergy and sleep on the floor of the St. James Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The Reverends...
article DAPL: Oren Lyons on Water, Spirituality and Connection to the Land [Video] (12/9/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Oren Lyons is a faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs, Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) and a longtime...
article Standing Rock: Historic win for Native American religious freedom (12/8/2016)
(North Dakota) -- On Dec. 4, the two-year struggle by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their sacred land and water ended – at least for now – when...
article How Standing Rock became a site of pilgrimage (12/6/2016)
(North Dakota) -- The Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency responsible for investigating, developing and maintaining water and related environmental resources,...
article PRAYER: Something Extraordinary Happened At Standing Rock A Few Hours Before Victory (12/6/2016)
(North Dakota) -- On the same day hundreds of interfaith clergy and lay activists gathered near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to pray for the earth, federal...
article The Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t just about the environment. It’s about religion (12/5/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Activists fighting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota welcomed new developments after the Army said Sunday that it will not approve an...
article Religious leaders celebrate denial of easement for Dakota Access pipeline (12/5/2016)
(USA) -- Native American and other religious leaders called the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to deny an easement for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access...
article Thousands expected at Standing Rock interfaith event Sunday (12/2/2016)
(USA) -- Between 2,000 and 3,000 members of interfaith religious groups from across the country are expected to converge in North Dakota Sunday at the site where...
article Why Understanding Native American Religion Is Important For Resolving The Dakota Access Pipeline Crisis (12/1/2016)
(North Dakota) -- In recent weeks, protests against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline across North Dakota have escalated. Native American elders, families and...
article Local ELCA synod clarifies difference from national church on Standing Rock (11/25/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Congregations in the Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America include people on all fronts of the dispute over the...
article A new-old Native American spiritual rights movement (11/24/2016)
(North Dakota) -- The long storyline connection between the historical struggles of Black America against the racism of the Deep South - and the likes of Alabama...
article Native American leader in Utah prays for protesters of oil pipeline (11/13/2016)
(Utah) -- Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota was in Utah praying for peace and unity and solidarity with protesters...
article Chorus of Jewish groups declares support for Standing Rock protest (11/9/2016)
(Connecticut) -- Several Jewish groups have voiced their support for the Native American-led protest of an oil pipeline that would run near the Standing Rock Indian...
article 500 religious leaders join Standing Rock Sioux in opposing oil pipeline (11/7/2016)
(North Canada) -- When Sisters Aine O’Connor and Kathleen Erickson heard a call for a peaceful and prayerful presence on the front line of a campaign to protect...
article PERSPECTIVE: The power of prayer, presence at Standing Rock (11/6/2016)
(Montana) -- Oh, the layers of complexity at Standing Rock. Indigenous rights, property disputes, law enforcement, energy policy, environmental priorities, water rights...
article Peaceful, Prayerful, Nonviolent Stand of Solidarity With the Standing Rock Sioux (11/5/2016)
(North Dakota) -- “We knew you were coming; that one day you would come here and start asking questions about your government,” said elder Regina Brave, her...
article A Prayer for People and Planet: 500 Clergy Hold 'Historic' Mass Gathering for Standing Rock (11/5/2016)
(North Dakota) -- In a "historic" show of interfaith solidarity, 500 clergy members prayed along the banks of North Dakota's Cannonball River on Thursday...
article Allies Continue to Unite Against Dakota Access Pipeline: 14 Members of Clergy Arrested by Police in Riot Gear (11/3/2016)
(North Dakota) -- More than 500 members of clergy representing faiths from around the world gathered at the Oceti Sakowin camp to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux...
article Clergy join Dakota Access pipeline protesters for ceremony (11/3/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Hundreds of clergy of various faiths joined protests Thursday against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, singing hymns, marching...
article Why understanding Native American religion is important for resolving the Dakota Access Pipeline crisis (11/3/2016)
(Massachusetts) -- In recent weeks, protests against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline across North Dakota have escalated. Native American elders, families and...
article Behind Dakota pipeline protest: Native American religious revival (11/2/2016)
(North Dakota) -- With night falling over the sprawling town of tents and teepees here, BJ Kidder describes Sitting Bull massing his forces in this very same spot, at...
article Standing Rock a spiritual awakening for Pasqua First Nation, Sask., woman (11/2/2016)
(Saskatchewan) -- Danna Henderson said the first time she went to the Standing Rock resistance near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, she had a spiritual awakening.
article #OcetiSakowin Gathers to Pray as Protestors are Released From Jail (10/30/2016)
(North Dakota) -- This weekend hundreds of supporters and additional media sources traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation to support and document the...
article Faith leaders from all traditions called to stand with water protectors at Standing Rock (10/30/2016)
(North Dakota) -- A coalition of clergy, including United Church of Christ ministers, will be converging on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on the banks of the great...
article The 'spiritual battle' over the Dakota Access pipeline (9/19/2016)
(North Dakota) -- It's being called “the largest, most diverse tribal action in at least a century”: scores of Native American tribes camped among the...
article The ‘spiritual battle’ over the Dakota Access pipeline (9/16/2016)
(North Dakota) -- It’s being called “the largest, most diverse tribal action in at least a century”: hundreds of Native American tribes camped among...
article Standing with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protest is sacred mission, Oklahoma religious leaders say (9/10/2016)
(Oklahoma) -- The Rev. David Wilson said he didn't hesitate when he heard the call for prayer and solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's opposition to...
article Episcopalians rally behind Native American protests of ND pipeline (8/25/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Episcopalians are standing side by side with other protesters in a growing effort by Native American tribes to stop an oil company from building a...
31 Total Articles on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article Hawaii Church Loses Marijuana Claim (1/2/2017)
(Hawaii) -- The U. S. Supreme Court won’t hear a case from a Hawaiian Native American church that is arguing its members should be exempt from federal anti-drug...
article Supreme Court rejects church’s appeal over marijuana laws (11/29/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court won’t take up an appeal from a Native American church in Hawaii that wants to be exempt from federal marijuana laws. The...
article Native Church Drops Suit Against County Over Marijuana Crop [sub req] (10/14/2016)
(California) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday closed a suit brought by the Oklevueha Native American Church, which has faced questions about its legitimacy as...
article Federal suit by Kenwood Native American church tossed (6/14/2016)
(California) -- A federal case involving the right to use cannabis as part of a religious sacrament brought against Sonoma County by a Kenwood branch of the Oklevueha...
article Lawsuit seeking protected pot use for Kenwood's Oklevueha Native American Church dismissed (6/11/2016)
(California) -- A Sonoma County-related lawsuit that attempted to establish the use of marijuana as a protected sacrament for use in religious ceremonies was tossed out...
article Native American Church Resists Pot Enthusiasts (4/19/2016)
(USA) -- Though happy that the Ninth Circuit ruled against a nontraditional church using its name earlier this month, five major players in the Native American Church...
article Ruling Doesn't Settle Future of Native American Church (4/16/2016)
(Hawaii) -- (HAWAII) -- In a 10,000-year-old tradition where it's taboo to step forward as a public figure, one has emerged. And it's a voice pushing for changes...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Reconciliation a top priority for Pope Francis, says ambassador (12/15/2016)
(Saskatchewan) -- Reconciliation between the Catholic Church and Indigenous people is a top priority for Pope Francis, says the Vatican's ambassador to Canada.
article Jesuits hope to keep Truth and Reconciliation ball rolling (7/6/2016)
(Canada) -- Taking responsibility for a deeply painful history may be difficult, but it’s the Jesuit thing to do. On June 22 Canada’s Jesuits gathered in...
article How Blair Stonechild reclaimed his Indigenous spirituality (6/19/2016)
(Canada) -- When he was six years old, Blair Stonechild's parents dropped him off at residential school in Saskatchewan. While he was there in the late 1950's...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Judge refuses to move sex abuse suit out of Navajo court (11/16/2016)
(Utah) -- A federal judge on Wednesday denied a Mormon church push to move a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse of Navajo children in a church-run foster program out of...
article LDS Church loses request for a restraining order in sex abuse lawsuits (11/16/2016)
(Utah) -- A federal judge has denied a request by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a restraining order in a series of lawsuits alleging sex abuse in a...
article America's Largest Native American Tribe Not 'Famous' Enough to Win Trademark Lawsuit (5/22/2016)
(Arizona) -- Despite being the largest Native American tribe in the United States, the Navajo Nation lost part of a lawsuit against Urban Outfitters because they could...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Muskogee children's home refuses donations from atheist group (8/24/2016)
(Oklahoma) -- A local children's home is refusing donations from a man over his atheist beliefs. Officials from the Murrow Children's Home in Muskogee say they...
1 Article on this Issue

Bears Ears

article Would Bears Ears monument hinder or protect Native American religion? (6/18/2016)
(Utah) -- Native American supporters of the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County say they believe a tailored proclamation issued by President Barack...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article GIAGO: Why Did the Indigenous People Convert to a Foreign Religion? (6/12/2016)
(South Dakota) -- It is written (Niehardt - Black Elk Speaks - 1932) that in the end, Black Elk converted to Catholicism and it is also well-known that Lakota Chief Red...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBT News

article Methodists are coming to Portland to talk homosexuality, reconciliation with Native Americans (5/4/2016)
(Oregon) -- Thousands of United Methodists will descend on Portland in the coming days to hash out key church issues, such as policies on gay clergy, during a 10-day...
article 2-spirited indigenous people: opening up the conversation (4/17/2016)
(Manitoba) -- A welcoming-in ceremony for the LGBT — or two-spirited — relatives in our community is one of the more powerful memories I have of being at a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Attawapiskat

article Saskatoon Catholic churches to bring in elders to talk about spiritual traditions (4/20/2016)
(Saskatoon) -- Catholic churches in Saskatoon will soon be bringing in indigenous elders to speak about their faith. The initiative was launched in response to the Truth...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article AUDIO: Prison guard and inmate transformed through Indigenous spirituality (1/15/2017)
(Manitoba) -- When Randy Spence first arrived in prison, he felt lost. "I went in thinking I've already been labelled as a monster in society's eyes, so I...
article Native American printmakers layer past with present (1/15/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The horse appears downcast, slightly bowed, a flock of owls staring above it.The animals are regulars in Kiowa/Comanche printmaker John Hitchcock’s...
article (AUDIO) -- Alaska Native healthcare leader Sally Smith dies at 70 (1/14/2017)
(Alaska) -- The longtime chairman of the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation board of directors has died. H. Sally Smith, 70, of Dillingham died Tuesday in Seattle from...
article Flint beats winter blues with 'healing' Native American drumming ceremony (1/8/2017)
(Michigan) -- The pounding of gongs and drums reverberated through Blue Lotus Healing Center in Flint as Strongheart Drum Medicine's Ool Pardi led the crowd in...
article Take a look at Episcopal pastor, Native American historian's 'A Peep at Skaneateles' in 1849 (1/4/2017)
(New York) -- One of the most noteworthy 19th and early 20th century historians of Onondaga County was the Rev. William M. Beauchamp. Aside from being an Episcopal...
article Arrows 4 American Indians aims to empower lives (12/22/2016)
(Pennsylvania) -- While traveling through the vast open expanses of South Dakota, Ruthanne Tickel-Logan had an epiphany. A teenager at the time, Tickel-Logan was on a...
article Ayahuasca church granted religious-use rights by County (12/19/2016)
(Florida) -- Soul Quest, the local branch of the larger Oklevueha Native American Church that we wrote about in August, HERE, has found a new home in East Orlando. Soul...
article Fascination with Navajo religion fuels biography (12/18/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Mary Cabot Wheelwright was rich, demanding and quite likely a snob. But this Boston Brahmin who camped in the New Mexico desert, rode sidesaddle through...
article Lucy Friedlander Covington preserved Native American life (12/12/2016)
(California) -- Attending a Shiva House a few weeks back, a tall, orthodox Jew began chanting the Kaddish in memory of his departed mother. He chanted neither with a...
article Centralia Church Seeks ‘Christmas Miracle’ for Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana (12/9/2016)
(Washington) -- Pat Soderquist thought she knew what poverty looked like. As the homeless liaison for the Centralia School District, she’s helped countless students in...
article Supreme Court hears B.C. First Nation religious claim against Jumbo Glacier ski resort (12/4/2016)
(British Columbia) -- A contentious ski resort development in the Kootenays is before the Supreme Court of Canada today. The Ktunaxa Nation is asking that the planned...
article OU American Indian community hosts prayer event for finals week (12/3/2016)
(Oklahoma) -- A teepee on the South Oval was the site of prayers and blessings for stressed students today. The Office of the University Community, Tribal Liaison and...
article Indigenous Expel Evangelical Churches for Attacks on Their Culture (11/27/2016)
(Colombia) -- Indigenous leaders in northern Colombia expelled a group of evangelical Christians from their community recently, saying the missionaries were contributing...
article Her Photos of Native American Ceremonial Sites Challenge Indigenous Portrayals (11/25/2016)
(California) -- As an undergraduate student at UCLA, Los Angeles photographer Mercedes Dorame remembers pulling an old book about indigenous people off the shelf....
article Native American monument finally coming together in Corpus Christi (11/23/2016)
(Texas) -- A local native American group has been pushing for a monument to honor the second largest American Indian burial ground in Texas. "I'm finally...
article Aboriginal culture not religion, B.C. First Nations group says (11/19/2016)
(British Columbia) -- The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council on Vancouver Island says it is disappointed that a complaint over a traditional spiritual ceremony held in a Port...
article Lawsuit protesting Indigenous ceremony blurs line between cultural and religious values (11/19/2016)
(British Columbia) -- A mother in Port Alberni is causing controversy with a Supreme Court petition objecting to her children participating in an Indigenous cleansing...
article Native American Church leaves Kenwood site (11/15/2016)
(California) -- It was over a year ago that a branch of the Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC) set up shop at a Lawndale Road location, but now it has apparently...
article Texas Baptists endorse first chaplain to Native Americans (11/12/2016)
(Texas) -- Texas Baptists have endorsed Joe Donnell as the first Baptist General Convention of Texas tribal chaplain, with responsibility to serve the indigenous people...
article LDS Church Should Apologize for Indian Placement Program (11/8/2016)
(Utah) -- The Book of Mormon. You’ve probably heard of it. A holy book that contains the official beliefs and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

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