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Junipero Serra

article California is confronting its ugly, racist past. But how do we best do it? (7/10/2020)
(California) -- Julie Tumamait-Stenslie scoffs when she hears defenders of the Father Junipero Serra statue in Ventura say it honors the city’s founder. She is...
article San Francisco Archbishop Holds Exorcism At Golden Gate Park Site Where Serra Statue Was Toppled (6/30/2020)
(California) -- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gathered a group of worshipers over the weekend at the site where Black Lives Matter protesters toppled a statue of...
article Two meetings on fate of Ventura's Father Serra statue slated as emotions run high (6/28/2020)
(California) -- A statue portraying Father Junipero Serra in front of Ventura City Hall — recently the site of a demonstration by those seeking its removal from...
article California mission aims to preserve St. Junipero Serra statue (6/22/2020)
(California) -- While statues of St. Junipero Serra have been taken down by protestors in California cities, the mission church in Ventura, California, founded by the...
article Catholic Church removes Junípero Serra statue from San Luis Obispo Mission (6/22/2020)
(California) -- The Catholic Church abruptly removed a long-standing statue of Junípero Serra from the San Luis Obispo Mission on Monday, amid a reassessment of the...
article Junipero Serra statue toppled in downtown L.A. (6/20/2020)
(California) -- Activists toppled a statue of Junipero Serra from its post at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. It was the latest carved or sculpted...
article Mission Dolores’ dark legacy for Indians: From salvation to subjugation and death (11/3/2019)
(California) -- Mission Dolores is by far the oldest and most historically significant building in San Francisco. The white adobe church on Dolores Street was once...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article The Catholic Church Siphoned Away $30 Million Paid to Native People for Stolen Land (7/10/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The brittle wooden floors creek as we climb the stairs to the long room that served as a dormitory for Ojibwe girls at St. Mary's Mission School on...
article Atlanta-based ministry returns sacred land to Wyandotte Nation after 176 years (9/21/2019)
(Ohio) -- The United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon returned sacred land to the Wyandotte Nation. The land in Ohio has been held in trust for 176 years by the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

California's Genocide

article Genocide in California’s History (7/6/2020)
(California) -- What do you think of when someone says “California”? Beaches? Sunshine? Hollywood? How about the largest act of genocide in American history...
1 Article on this Issue

Blood Tribe

press release Blood Tribe Reserve holds day of prayer over COVID-19, opioid crisis hardships (6/25/2020)
(Alberta) -- The Kainai Wellness Centre held a day of prayer Thursday afternoon as a convoy of vehicles made its way through Moses Lake, Lavern, Stand Off and the Old...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article An Ontario firekeeper explains the Four Directions of the Medicine Wheel (6/19/2020)
(Ontario) -- The Four Sacred Directions of the Medicine Wheel guide every aspect of the life of A.L. McDonald, a firekeeper in southwestern Ontario. "It's the...
article Sewing, seal stew and stories: Inuit women in Ottawa gather to share traditions (3/11/2020)
(Ottawa) -- On the second floor of an empty school in Ottawa's Vanier neighbourhood, sewing machines hum, women chatter in Inuktitut and the scent of seal meat stew...
article Gwich'in elder discusses life and wisdom in new Yellowknife library program (9/23/2019)
(North Canada) -- The Yellowknife Public Library is offering the chance to learn from an elder, and kicked off the series Friday with William Greenland, who is...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Strengthening the spirit of the Navajo (6/19/2020)
(Vatican City) -- On the United States reservation of the Navajo Nation it is a critical moment due to Covid-19. According to data published on 17 June by the Health...
article Navajo Nation nonprofit, Durango church partner on supply drive (6/13/2020)
(Colorado) -- A stream of vehicles rolled into the Unitarian Universalist Church in Durango on Saturday, loaded with supplies for Navajo and Hopi tribal members in need...
article COVID-19 outbreak on the Navajo Nation linked to church rally (3/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- The serious outbreak of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation appears to have originated at a church rally in the community of Chilchinbeto, located in northwest...
article Church’s Native Hope Solar brings light and heat to Navajo families (12/25/2019)
(Colorado) -- Parishioners at First United Methodist Church came together a couple years ago to form a church-based nonprofit with the mission of providing solar...
article Native Americans lead revival in state, and among Navajo nation (12/9/2019)
(Louisiana) -- An eight-week camp meeting in Oberlin and Elton has sparked revival in central Louisiana and among the Navajo nation in New Mexico, and there are no signs...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article Native American faith community joins to support those suffering from COVID-19 (6/11/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Lakota songs of healing joined together Wednesday with the heartbeat of the drum and jingle dancers to bring comfort and solidarity to those fighting...
article Presbyterians reach out to Native American communities during pandemic (6/10/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Hardly a day goes by without the Rev. Brad Munroe receiving a call from someone wanting to make a donation to help Native Americans in the southwestern...
article Bishops urge ‘robust response’ on virus for nation’s indigenous peoples (5/14/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Three U.S. bishops said in a joint statement May 13 they are “heartbroken” that Native Americans and other indigenous people in the United States “...
article Amazon Tribes Say Christian Missionaries Threaten ‘Genocide’ During Pandemic (4/20/2020)
(Brazil) -- The novel coronavirus outbreak has intensified a decadeslong battle between indigenous tribes and evangelical Christian missionaries in the most remote...
article On a South Dakota reservation, church strives for ‘love in the time of the coronavirus’ (4/7/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Rev. Lauren Stanley has adopted a new final blessing for her evening compline services: “Wash your hands!” The priest-in-charge for...
article Evangelical Group to Contact Indigenous Peoples in Amazon Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (3/20/2020)
(Brazil) -- ETHNOS360, AN EVANGELICAL Christian missionary group, is embarking on a controversial new project, just as the coronavirus begins spreading widely in Brazil.
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Supreme Court won’t block gender confirmation surgery of Idaho transgender inmate (5/22/2020)
(Idaho) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block a transgender inmate in Idaho from getting gender confirmation surgery. The court’s brief order, which was...
1 Article on this Issue

Puyallup Tribe

article Controversial drive-in Easter Sunday service at Emerald Queen Casino parking lot canceled (4/10/2020)
(Washington) -- A controversial drive-in Easter church service scheduled for Sunday in the parking lot of the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma was canceled Friday,...
1 Article on this Issue

Saginaw Chippewa

article Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and United Methodist Church hold conveyance ceremony (3/4/2020)
(Michigan) -- The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the United Methodist Church members held a conveyance ceremony to celebrate the tribe taking ownership of the United...
1 Article on this Issue

DOJ

article DOJ sues Nebraska village, says it violated federal law when it denied church a building permit (2/21/2020)
(Nebraska) -- A small Christian church in a fight with the Village Board of tiny Walthill, Nebraska, has picked up a powerful ally — the United States of America....
1 Article on this Issue

Nevada Gaming

article Laughlin, Nevada Worshippers Find Inspiration from Mass, Confession in Casino (1/28/2020)
(Nevada) -- Forget about Nevada’s reputation as a state of sin. A priest known locally as Father Charlie regularly celebrates Mass and takes confession in a...
1 Article on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article Northern Michigan Episcopalians speak out in favor of retiring high school’s ‘Redmen’ nickname (1/16/2020)
(Michigan) -- Episcopalians in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are joining calls for a local high school to change its nicknames, which many consider derogatory toward...
1 Article on this Issue

Winnebago Tribe

article St. Augustine portrait dedication celebrates 14 years at Encounter Center (1/12/2020)
(Nebraska) -- "The Children of St. Augustine Indian Mission," an exhibit featuring portraits by award-winning photographer Father Don Doll, will be at 1 p.m....
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article She Wants Christian Missionaries Off the Reservation (1/7/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Davidica Little Spotted Horse has her hands full. She’s helping organize a concert for a traditional powwow celebration while keeping tabs on her...
article Two area pilots help fly coats to Native American children in need (12/15/2019)
(Mississippi) -- When Dennis Truax volunteered to help collect items for a coat drive, he decided to ask his wife, Jeanie, whom he said "loves a challenge and is...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Las Vegas Gaming

article This Catholic priest celebrates Mass in a casino. He calls prayer a ‘sure bet’ (12/24/2019)
(Nevada) -- Charlie Urnick stands in a backstage hallway at Don’s Celebrity Theater, tucked inside the thrumming Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino. Smiling,...
article Las Vegas rabbi on what it’s like to lead a synagogue in ‘Sin City’ (10/3/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Congregation Ner Tamid is located a half an hour drive away from the Las Vegas Strip, where each luxury hotel seems more extravagant than the next and...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Church nativity displays Jesus, Mary and Joseph in cages, separated at the border (12/8/2019)
(California) -- A Southern California church flipped the lights on its outdoor manger scene Saturday evening to reveal Jesus, Mary and Joseph as border detainees, each...
1 Article on this Issue

Oak Flat

article Is digging for copper at Oak Flat like mining Mt. Sinai? (11/29/2019)
(Arizona) -- It’s not getting a lot of media attention, but a former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, Wendsler Nosie Sr., is walking roughly 45 miles from...
1 Article on this Issue

Redding Rancheria

article LETTER: Redding Chamber Goes Full Bethel (11/19/2019)
(California) -- The following is an open letter to Redding Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jake Mangas in response to his blog post last week on the chamber’...
1 Article on this Issue

Thanksgiving

article COLUMN: The Genocide of Native American Peoples Continues (11/19/2019)
(USA) -- Thanksgiving… Feathers. Moccasins. War Paint. Battle Cries. Arrows. We only had to be quiet momentarily. Once we got done with the pilgrims, we could...
1 Article on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article Seminole Tribe Claims It's Immune To Church Takeover Suit (sub req) (11/16/2019)
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida invoked its sovereign immunity in calling Thursday for a federal court to toss a Haitian Baptist church's lawsuit alleging...
1 Article on this Issue

Isleta

article Isleta Pueblo judge gives prayer before Congress (11/13/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Isleta Pueblo Chief Judge Verna Teller is used to leading an opening prayer at tribal functions. She performed that duty many times when she served...
1 Article on this Issue

Atlantic City Gaming

article ‘Bible business has really gone soft’: Philly printer to lay off 174, shut plant by Christmas (11/1/2019)
(Atlantic City) -- The Borgata, Atlantic City’s largest hotel-casino, made headlines when it declined to stock rooms with Gideon Bibles in 2003. And the wide...
1 Article on this Issue

Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Arizona churches honor ‘people of the land,’ add Indigenous Peoples Day to diocese’s calendar (11/1/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Diocese of Arizona is stepping up its efforts to give recognition to the “People of the Land,” including by creating an Indigenous Peoples...
1 Article on this Issue

Attawapiskat

article Catholic church closed in Attawapiskat due to safety concerns (10/25/2019)
(Ontario) -- When Robert Bourgon became Bishop of Hearst-Moosonee about four years ago, he noticed the St. Francis Xavier Church in Attawapiskat needed a bit of...
1 Article on this Issue

Laguna Pueblo

article Laguna people are an example of perseverance in faith, archbishop says (10/21/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The native peoples of the Laguna community in New Mexico are a “living example” of perseverance in faith, Baltimore Archbishop William E....
1 Article on this Issue

Sheldon Adelson

article OP/ED: Visit Israel, Just Not on Birthright (10/18/2019)
(Israel) -- From the vibrant and colorful fruit stands in the streets of Palestinian cities to the friendly store owners at every corner, I am always ecstatic to be in...
1 Article on this Issue

Sports Betting

article Pope Francis Accidentally Tweets His Support For The NFL’s New Orleans Saints (10/13/2019)
(Internet) -- If you had to pick one man on Earth who probably doesn’t know how to use emojis or hashtags, you’d be pretty safe picking the Pope. Pope...
1 Article on this Issue

Trail of Tears

article United Methodists return land to Native Americans (10/5/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The humble-looking mission church in the middle of a cemetery was built two centuries ago with $1,333 and Native Americans’ labor. John Stewart, a...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article The Italian Campaign, the Lord’s Prayer in Cherokee, and U.S. Army Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Roach (9/21/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the most poignant donations the National Museum of the American Indian has ever received is a Cherokee prayer card carried during World War...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Despite abuse allegations, a Jesuit with Alaska ties worked for a prominent Northwest university for years (7/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- In 2011, the Jesuit Order in the Northwest settled a bankruptcy case for $166 million. It’s one of the largest settlements in Catholic church history....
article Despite hardships and racism, Native Americans find hope during pandemic (6/18/2020)
(Kentucky) -- A timely and sometimes painful discussion on the impact of COVID-19 and racism on Native Americans ended on a hopeful note Tuesday, with a panelist...
article What Is a Shaman and Can Anyone Become One? (5/27/2020)
(Worldwide) -- It's no secret that ancient healing practices from all over the world have become increasingly popular in Western society over the past years and...
article Film explores life of Lakota who could become Catholic saint (5/24/2020)
(Indiana) -- Sr. Judith Ann Zielinski was surprised when she learned a Cause for Canonization had been opened to consider making Nicholas Black Elk a saint of the...
article New documentary explores life of Native American up for sainthood (5/21/2020)
(South Dakota) -- What can an American Indian who was the second cousin of the great war chief Crazy Horse and a veteran of the Battle of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee...
article Defend the Sacred: How Native Americans Protect Their Religious Freedom (5/19/2020)
(Indian Country) -- The three bustling camps of water protectors near the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline’s crossing of the Missouri River lay along the placid...
article South Bend's NewGroup Media creates film about a Lakota who could become a Catholic saint (5/17/2020)
(Indiana) -- Sr. Judith Ann Zielinski was surprised when she learned a Cause for Canonization had been opened to consider making Nicholas Black Elk a saint of the...
article BOOK: Native Americans, the Ten Lost Tribes, and the Book of Mormon (5/6/2020)
(Utah) -- “What became of the ten tribes of Israel,” asked former Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow, “when their own country and cities were planted and filled with...
article COVID-19 threatens to hit indigenous communities hard as church leaders step up support (4/28/2020)
(USA) -- The meeting had no agenda. Sharing was voluntary. The Rev. Bradley Hauff made clear at the outset of the hourlong video conference call that he and the call’s...
article Is Phil Jackson Native American? What You Need to Know Regarding His Spiritual Practices (4/27/2020)
(USA) -- Whether you've tuned in for HBO's Last Dance, or you're simply a diehard NBA enthusiast, you're most likely somewhat familiar with the icon that...
article 5 Ways Sage Works Beyond Banishing Bad Vibes, According to an Herbalist (4/26/2020)
(Indian Country) -- While there are hundreds of sage species, you’re likely aware of commonly used white sage (Salvia apiana) and culinary sage (Salvia officinalis...
article Portraits in Faith inspires thousands through virtual concert series (4/25/2020)
(Indian Country) -- At the beginning of April, Portraits in Faith launched a series of Virtual Concerts for Protection and Healing. Since then, they have hosted 5...
article BOOK: When Native Americans were the lost tribes of Israel (4/21/2020)
(Internet) -- When I lived in West Jerusalem, I regularly walked past a large poster which featured a Native American man. He was wearing traditional clothing and a...
article Refuge during difficult times (4/11/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Many people turn to prayer, traditional practices or messages of encouragement during times of personal or communal crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic...
article Why are some Native Americans fighting efforts to decriminalize peyote? (3/29/2020)
(Arizona) -- For Navajo spiritual leader Steven Benally, saving a Native American religion from extinction means preserving those diminishing lands where hallucinogenic...
article The isolated tribes at risk of illness from Amazon missionaries (3/23/2020)
(Brazil) -- A radical group of evangelical Christian missionaries set on converting every last tribe on Earth has raised fears that deadly diseases – and even the...
article Saint Kateri Tekakwitha inspiration for effort to save Pawnee traditional corn (3/16/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Ronnie O’Brien, a Catholic from Nebraska, has spent the past seventeen years working with Deb Echo-Hawk, Keeper of the Seeds for the Pawnee Nation in...
article Indigenous people denounce missionaries targeting uncontacted tribes (3/11/2020)
(Brazil) -- Missionaries targeting uncontacted tribes in Brazil have announced that they will shortly start using a helicopter to convert previously unreachable tribes....
article MORON ALERT: Jamal Bryant calls out Christians who burn sage, says it’s ‘witchcraft,' 'satanic aromatherapy’ (3/7/2020)
(Georgia) -- Calling sage burning “witchcraft” and “satanic aromatherapy,” Pastor Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in...
article Embracing First Nations voices in the Church (3/4/2020)
(Australia) -- Pope Francis’ ‘Querida Amazonia’ (Beloved Amazonia) has been warmly received by many members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

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