NEWS & POLITICS
Here’s a very interesting post concerning The American Indian Religious Freedom Act
AIRFA is a US federal law and a joint resolution of Congress that was passed in 1978. It was created to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians.
These rights include, but are not limited to, access of sacred sites, repatriation of sacred objects held in museums, freedom to worship through ceremonial and traditional rites, including within prisons, and use and possession of objects considered sacred. The Act required policies of all governmental agencies to eliminate interference with the free exercise of Native religion, based on the First Amendment, and to accommodate access to and use of religious sites to the extent that the use is practicable and is not inconsistent with an agency’s essential functions. It also acknowledged the prior violation of that right.
To read the rest of this article, please visit: www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~rfrey/329AIRFA.htm
Benefit to send First Nation Youth & Elders to the Vatican to discuss the historical and intergenerational trauma
triggered by the Doctrine of Discovery.
Youth are members of the Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society,
a Guadalupe Alternative program in St. Paul, Minnesota coordinated by Mitch Walking Elk.
include Keith Secola and Joe Savage.
With Waubanewquay Dorene Day, Max Gail, Prudence Johnson, Tom LeBlanc, Larry Long, Mitch Walking Elk.
Support the cause.
$20 pre-paid at www.youthtothevatican.eventbrite.com or $25 at the door
Hosted by First Universalist Environmental & Racial Justice Teams and Veterans for Peace, Minneapolis Chapter 27.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18 2018
1pm…….. Refreshments & Silent Auction
2-4pm…… Concert, Introduction of First Nation Youth
First Universalist Church
3400 Dupont Ave. South
Minneapolis, Mn. 55408
Questions? Call 612-825-1701
Click the image to enlarge or download the PDF here
Chris Mato Nunpa, Ph.D. retired Associate Professor of Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota. Mato Nunpa, a Dakota Elder, scholar and tireless advocate for indigenous rights, spoke on the 500 years of genocide of native peoples, killing many times more than the Nazi Holocaust by the government of the United States. In fact Hitler looked to the treatment of American indigenous people as a model for his “Solution to the Jewish problem.”
Mato Nunpa speaks from the heart and from many experiences with the resistance of indigenous people including the current events at Standing Rock in North Dakota.