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Religion & Spirituality

Residential Schools

article Pope Francis seemed open to the idea of a residential school apology, Trudeau says (5/29/2017)
(Vatican City) -- Canadians are anxious to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples, Justin Trudeau described telling Pope Francis on Monday as he asked the pontiff to...
article Trudeau asks Pope for an apology over church's role in residential schools (5/29/2017)
(Vatican City) -- Justin Trudeau says he told Pope Francis it's important for all Canadians to move forward with reconciliation, and that the pontiff could help by...
article Residential school survivors shouldn't have to beg Pope for apology, says survivor (5/29/2017)
(Saskatoon) -- The Pope shouldn't have to be asked to come to Canada and apologize for the harm inflicted by the residential school system, says one survivor. Prime...
article Abused and told by the nuns that their culture was “evil” (5/20/2017)
(Ireland) -- Sometimes the story that you set out to tell is not the one that wants to be told. On a Friday morning in a house in Dublin, I sit down to speak with three...
article 'Nothing good' about residential school system, Anglican Church tells Senator Beyak (3/20/2017)
(Canada) -- Leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada have penned a strongly worded letter to Lynn Beyak, the Conservative senator who recently mounted a defence of the...
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.
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Jesuit Mission Gives Up Colonial Approach, Returns Land to Native American Tribe (5/24/2017)
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuit St. Francis Mission announced that it is relinquishing 525 acres of unused land within the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The...
article Jesuits to return 525 acres of South Dakota land to Rosebud Sioux (5/9/2017)
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuits are returning more than 500 acres, dotted throughout 900,000 acres on a Rosebud reservation in South Dakota, to the Rosebud Sioux. "It...
article Native Americans opposing Dakota Access get a boost from Pope Francis (2/15/2017)
(Vatican City) -- Two Native American tribes are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in a federal court, but on Wednesday they appeared to get support from a higher...
article Pope Francis says Indigenous people have rights over their lands (2/15/2017)
(Vatican City) -- Indigenous people must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands, Pope Francis insisted Wednesday as the U.S....
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Chickasaw Nation

article 2017 conference empowers Chickasaw women (5/22/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Chickasaw women from across the nation learned the “Chickasaw experience” is a powerful tool in their quiver as they embark upon careers,...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBT News

article Before Europeans Dominated North America, The Native Americans Recognized 5 Different Genders (5/21/2017)
(New York) -- According to Duane Brayboy, writing for Indian Country Today, Native Americans did not adopt the idea of gender roles until the arrival of Europeans and...
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Concert supports summer mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (5/1/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- Music supported mission Sunday when the Sacred Journeys Band played classic rock ’n’ roll at Meadowbrook Country Club to help sponsor a trip...
1 Article on this Issue

Bears Ears

article Clash over Bears Ears tests years of progress on Native spirituality (4/29/2017)
(Utah) -- Davis Filfred wishes President Trump would take a page from General “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf's playbook, in thinking about Bears...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article MCKOSATO: Religious Freedom, Sweat Lodges and Being Denied Our Basic Rights (4/11/2017)
(New Mexico) -- Religious freedom is a state of mind. Over the generations tribal peoples throughout the United States have been, on too many occasions, denied the basic...
1 Article on this Issue

Trust Issues

article Tulalips honor longtime pastor at medicine wheel dedication (3/27/2017)
(Washington) -- The Tulalip Tribes marked the first day of spring last week by dedicating a new medicine wheel garden and honoring a longtime friend. On the grounds of...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo heritage: Parker bishop raised on reservation in Arizona (3/1/2017)
(Arizona) -- Raised on a Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona, Douglas James of Parker was content with his Native American beliefs and way of life. Though he now...
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...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Standing Rock clergy uses faith for peaceful protest (2/18/2017)
(North Dakota) -- The Rev. John Floberg was on his way home from a national meeting of the Episcopal Church when he saw live video of protesters squaring off with police...
article Standing Rock clergy took different approaches to protest (2/13/2017)
(North Dakota) -- The Rev. John Floberg was on his way home from a national meeting of the Episcopal Church when he saw live video of protesters squaring off with police...
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.
27 Total Articles on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article Court not swayed by religion in Michigan marijuana case (1/27/2017)
(Michigan) -- A federal appeals court has found nothing heavenly about a Michigan's man claim to have a religious right to grow pot. The court on Thursday upheld an...
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...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Hopi Tribe

article Hopi Prophecy (1/23/2017)
(Arizona) -- The Hopi are a Native American tribe who live on the Hopi Indian Reservation in northeastern Arizona. They believe that humans on Mother Earth pass through...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Soboba tribal elder passing on Memorial Day tradition to youth (5/27/2017)
(California) -- For all her 81 years, Marian Chacon has lived on the reservation of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. She knew almost every person buried in tribe...
article 'You may be a star' Cody Jamieson sends message to young athletes ahead of summer games (5/27/2017)
(Ontario) -- A professional lacrosse player has a message for youth who are gearing up to take part in the upcoming North American Indigenous Games. Cody Jamieson wants...
article Beloved Edmonton priest told, once again, it's time to move on (5/24/2017)
(Edmonton) -- Two years after Father Jim Holland's parishioners won the battle to keep him at Sacred Heart church, they're planning to start another fight after learning...
article Ramapoughs' peaceful tobacco ceremony brings prayers for adversaries (5/22/2017)
(New Jersey) -- About 100 people joined together Sunday for unity, healing and humility at the Ramapough-Lenape tribal land in Mahwah. Anyone was welcome to join the...
article Grand chief's 120-km walk to counter Canada 150 festivities, honour resilience (5/21/2017)
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba indigenous leader plans to walk 120 kilometres next month in a decidedly different commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday.
article Indigenous Christian ministers walk in 2 worlds (5/15/2017)
(Canada) -- Andrew Thunder knew he wanted to commit himself to Christianity before he was 10 years old. But for the 28-year-old and other Indigenous ministers in Canada...
article Mistawasis First Nation memorial round dance a healing journey (5/13/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- Joanne Durocher says she was so inspired by a former co-worker sharing his own story about loss and his healing journey that it prompted her to...
article New Yale Partner Faulted for Handling of Tribal Artifacts (5/10/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- A 210-year-old seminary here that is in the process of joining Yale Divinity School is coming under fire from federal regulators for failing to follow...
article Local to be first Native American woman to be ordained to Episcopal priesthood in Wyoming (5/8/2017)
(Wyoming) -- On Friday, May 26, 2017, the Rev. Roxanne Jimerson-Friday will become the first Native American woman from the Wind River Indian Reservation, in the state...
article Native American revival to premiere next week (5/8/2017)
(Virginia) -- The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe is gearing up for its inaugural Native American Revival Crusade for Christ (Yeshua) titled “The Great Awakening of...
article New Church Video Shares Powerful Story of Medicine Man and Native American Culture (5/4/2017)
(Utah) -- A powerful new video by the Mormon Channel, based on Elder Wilford W. Andersen's general conference talk "The Music of the Gospel," shares the...
article First Nation Youth In Canada Launch Album To Inspire Hope (4/22/2017)
(Manitoba) -- First Nation young people from Manitoba Canada are going to Vancouver this week. They will be launching a new album that features songs they have written,...
article Why Native Americans do not separate religion from science (4/21/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Last year five Native American tribes in Washington state managed to repatriate the remains of the “Ancient One,” as they called him, or...
article B.C. voters open to meditation and Christian prayers in schools: Poll (4/15/2017)
(British Columbia) -- Many British Columbians are open to allowing both mindfulness meditation and Christian prayer in public schools, according to a poll conducted for...
article Regina project building virtual timeline of Indigenous oral history (4/11/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- The City of Regina is creating a virtual exhibit to highlight Regina's Indigenous community as part of its Canada 150 celebrations.
article Track and field leads Indigenous youth down new path (4/2/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- Track and field gives Taryn McKenzie much more than a chance to earn a medal and represent her community. It has taught the 17-year-old to never give...
article Indigenous students claim sexual abuse at Catholic day school in Manitoba (3/27/2017)
(Manitoba) -- In a case with striking similarities to testimony made by residential school survivors, two Indigenous adult women say they were repeatedly sexually abused...
article Indigenous man wins human rights settlement after jail denied request to practise spirituality (3/20/2017)
(New Brunswick) -- The Department of Justice and Public Safety and its jail in Shediac have apologized to a former Indigenous inmate who was denied access to traditional...
article Halifax church changing name due to namesake's treatment of Indigenous people (3/20/2017)
(Nova Scotia) -- The Cornwallis Street Baptist Church will change its name because Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis was an "oppressor of our First Nations brothers...
article Eccentric Millionaire Returns Manhattan Building To American Indians (3/18/2017)
(New York) -- Jean-Louis Goldwater Bourgeois plans to return his small part of Manhattan to the Lenape Indians by transforming the building into prayer house.

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