1st Edition

Native American Cultural and Religious Freedoms

Edited By John R. Wunder Copyright 1997

    First Published in 2000. The fight to have the American legal system recognize Native American religions has taken many forms, from the confrontation over Indian usage of eagle feathers and the ingestion of peyote in religious ceremonies to the right of students to have traditional Indian hair styles while attending public schools. It was thought that the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedoms Act of 1978 would alleviate these problems, but Supreme Court interpretations have essentially eviscerated this law. In addition to these issues, the articles in this collection address the ongoing conflict between Native Americans and museums and states over who has rights to the skeletal remains and burial objects that have been illegally recovered throughout the U.S.

    Introduction, Discrimination and Native American Religious Rights, The First Americans and the "Free" Exercise of Religion, Constitutional Law: The Right to Wear a Traditional Indian Hair Style — Recognition of a Heritage, The Rights of Reservation Parents and Children: Cultural Survival or the Final Termination? The Bald Eagle, the Florida Panther and the Nation's Word: An Essay on the "Quiet" Abrogation of Indian Treaties and the Proper Reading of United States v. Dio, Native American Free Exercise Rights to the Use of Public Lands, Manifest Destiny and American Indian Religious Freedom: Sequoyah, Badoni, and the Drowned Gods, Lyng v. Northwest: Closing the Door to Indian Religious Sites, The Navajo-Hopi Relocation Act and the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause, Indian Rights: Native Americans Versus American Museums — A Battle for Artifacts, One Is Missing: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: An Overview and Analysis, Employment Division, Department of Human Resources v. Smith:A Hallucinogenic Treatment of the Free Exercise Clause, Trouble in High Places: Erosion of American Indian Rights to Religious Freedom in the United States


    John R Wunder (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)