Friday, May 30, 2014

NARF hosts National Day of Prayer for the Protection of Native American Sacred Places

Protect Native American Sacred Spaces
Please join us for a sunrise ceremony at 7:00am on Friday, June 20, on the front lawn of the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado, for the National Day of Prayer for the Protection of Native American Sacred Places.  The program and prayer service will last about one hour, followed by a potluck breakfast.  Speakers will include Ute elder Kenny Frost, and NARF staff attorneys involved in sacred places work.  Speakers will be followed by a moment of silence in honor of the many sacred places that are being threatened, damaged, and destroyed today.

As part of its mission, the Native American Rights Fund has long advocated for sacred site protection, religious freedom efforts, and cultural rights.  Recently, NARF expanded its efforts to protect lands that are sacred and precious to Native Americans.  As Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee), a national leader in the protection of sacred places and partner with NARF in its efforts in the area, explains, “Native and non-Native people gather at this Solstice time for ceremonies and events to honor sacred places . . . . Observances are necessary because Native Peoples are engaged in myriad struggles with developers that endanger or destroy Native sacred places.”

Please show your support for the protection of sacred places by joining us for the June 20th program.  We ask you to please bring food and/or beverages to share at the completion of the program.  Sharing of nourishment together is part of the ceremony.

For more information, please contact NARF at (303) 447-8760.