Handbook of American Indian Religious Freedom
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BACK COVER #American Indian communities regard their religious freedoms to be endangered. Despite the First Amendment and an act of Congress that purports to protect Indian religious rights, Native Americans find the practice of their religious traditions to be hindered, often by governmental interference.
This book, a collective effort by scholars, lawyers, and American Indian spokespersons has three goals:
- to identify the specific ares in which Indian religious practices are undermined by federal, state and local policies as well as by private enterprises;
- to help non-Indians understand the conceptual bases for American Indian religous beliefs and practices;
- to suggest practical ways in which to protect the free exercise of Indian religions in the face of other conflicting claims and values.
- the degradation of geographical areas deemed sacred sites;
- the maltreatment of Indian burials, particularly bodily remains;
- the prohibition against capture, kill, and use of endangered or protected species;
- the regulations regarding the collection, transport, and use of peyote;
- the alienation and display of religious artifacts;
- the prevention of Indian rituals and behavior (the wearing of braided hair, particiption in sweats or pipe ceremonies), particularly in authoritarian institutions.