Thursday, March 20, 2014

NARF files amicus brief on behalf of NCAI and Huy supporting Native religious liberty

Last week NARF filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of NCAI and Huy supporting several Native prisoners petitioning for review of their religious liberty case.  These inmates sued Alabama because its prison grooming policies unduly restrict the traditional Native religious practice of wearing unshorn hair in violation of a federal law protecting religious exercise for prisoners.  Alabama is among a small minority of states still adhering to antiquated, restrictive policies that do not provide religious exceptions, even though the Federal Bureau of Prisons, at least 38 states, and the District of Columbia accommodate this important religious practice without incident.  To read the brief, click here.  Find related case filings at NARF's Tribal Supreme Court Project.