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Indigenous Spirituality

Pope to visit Canada to apologize for Indigenous abuses

By Frances D'emilio — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — The Vatican on Friday announced that Francis will head to Canada on July 24 and visit Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit, a small town in that country's far north.
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The climate crisis is increasingly a refugee crisis, faith resettlement groups say

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — For more than 80 years, LIRS has helped resettle refugees — increasingly those refugees have been displaced due to climate disasters.

‘We expect to win.’ Ayahuasca churches vow to remain as court case largely dismissed.

By Alejandra Molina — April 8, 2022
(RNS) — 'The DEA is attempting to close off all avenues for us to practice or engage in our spiritual practice,' said Scott Stanley, founder of the Arizona Yagé Assembly.

Indigenous tell pope of abuses at Canada residential schools

By Nicole Winfield — March 28, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — This week's meetings are part of the Canadian church and government's efforts to respond to Indigenous demands for justice, reconciliation and reparation

In Oaxaca, Indigenous farmers mourn Catholic activist who championed their rights and rituals

By Magdalena Rojo — February 16, 2022
(RNS) — Carmen Santiago Alonso showed that ‘an Indigenous church and the church with a feminine spirit is possible,’ said a Catholic priest at her funeral.

California to delete Mayan, Ifá affirmations from ethnic studies to settle lawsuit

By Alejandra Molina — January 20, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — By deleting the affirmations, state officials say they are affirming their ‘long-standing commitment to ensuring appropriate treatment of religion in a secular public education context.’

Indigenous Mormons struggle to balance pride in the faith with LDS history

By Diana Kruzman — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — Some are calling out historical injustices the church has carried out against Native Americans, even as others find their faith empowering.

Since Jan. 6 attacks, spiritual leaders unify to combat Christian nationalism

By Alejandra Molina — January 7, 2022
(RNS) — The Jan. 6 insurrection of the U.S. Capitol drew recent attention to the phenomenon of Christian nationalism, but religious and spiritual leaders acknowledge its existence long before that.

From the Capitol insurrection to the Taliban takeover: The defining religion stories of 2021

By RNS staff — December 31, 2021
(RNS) — Religion was no minor character in 2021's most significant news stories.

How Ohio’s Indigenous sacred sites became a religious flashpoint

By Diana Kruzman — December 21, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — A battle for access to sacred sites is taking place, from mountains in Arizona to rivers in North Dakota, aimed at fending off developers or government agencies to preserve the physical integrity directly linked to their spiritual value. 

Indigenous video game streamers advocate for representation and education

By Jessica Mundie — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — On video game streaming platforms, Indigenous gamers are sharing their unique cultures and spirituality with the intent to educate and empower other content creators.

Native America has lessons for surviving an apocalypse, says Choctaw elder and Episcopal priest

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — The Rev. Steven Charleston talked to Religion News Service about his new book, 'Ladder to the Light,' and what Native America has to teach others about climbing out of darkness.

Haaland announces effort to protect, improve access to Indigenous sacred sites

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 16, 2021
(RNS) — Controversies over the use of sacred sites have made headlines in recent years, beginning with action to halt the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in 2016.
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