Monday, March 16, 2009

Native spiritual and tribal rights are the focus of legal discussion


(Reprinted Courtsey of Indian Country Today)BOULDER, CO-In contemporary law, human rights tend to be equated with individual rather than collective rights, and government can interfere with Native spiritual practices by claiming it has a compelling interest in doing so, according to legal experts who gathered for a conference Feb. 27.
“It’s all about the rights of the conqueror and the colonized and I don’t know if that’s ever going to change,” said Steven C. Moore, a senior staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, Boulder. READ MORE