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Racial Equity

How Indigenous Religions Can Widen the Interfaith Circle

Oct 8, 2021

A protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. (Jolanda Kirpensteijn/Unsplash)

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Abel Gomez

It’s important to understand that different sacred sites have different meanings. Part of the reason it’s important to think about, especially in an interfaith context, is that historically Native traditions have been severely persecuted by the federal government. It wasn’t until 1978 with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act that Native people had the legal right to practice their ceremonies.

Dr. Abel Gomez

One of the interviews that I did as a master’s student, an Ohlone young man said, “Our language comes directly from the land, so when we speak it the land can hear us again.”

Dr. Abel Gomez

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