Tag: sacred land
“We want to be able to figure out how to give the land back to Indigenous people.”
“Part of our slogan has been ‘what part of sacred don’t you understand?’ Essentially we’re saying, why isn’t it enough for us to say a site is sacred and should be set aside and protected and respected because it’s integral for our spiritual practice to be continued.”
State laws and policies in California have made some progress possible, but many tribes still lack legal recognition and struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and the environment.
Here are a handful of front-line organizations and efforts connecting climate change and indigenous communities.
While Congress created the American Indian Religious Freedom Act to provide “access to sacred sites,” it has been open to interpretation.