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Sacred Places - Religious Freedom for Native People

Sacred Places - Religious Freedom for Native People

Do Native People have the same rights of religious freedom as other Americans? The courthouse door is locked to Native Americans when they seek to right the wrongs done when their sacred places of worship were desecrated. Our guest Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) will talk about Native American Sacred Places, and the reason why the National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places was created. Observances and ceremonies were held across the country from June 18 through June 23. “Ceremonies are being conducted as Native American peoples engage in legal struggles with federal agencies that side with developers that endanger Native sacred places,” said Ms. Harjo. “Once again, we call on Congress to build a door to the courts for Native nations to protect our traditional churches. Many sacred places are being damaged because Native nations do not have equal access under the First Amendment to defend them.” All other peoples in the United States can use the F