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Defend the Sacred: Native American Religious Freedom beyond the First Amendment

Michael D. McNally


From North Dakota's Standing Rock encampments to Arizona's San Francisco Peaks, Native Americans have repeatedly asserted legal rights to religious freedom to protect their sacred places, practices, objects, knowledge, and ancestral remains. But these claims have met with little success in court because Native American communal traditions don't fit easily into modern Western definitions of religion. This book explores how, in response to this situation, Native peoples have creatively turned to other legal means to safeguard what matters to them. To articulate their claims, Native peoples have ... More

Keywords: Native Americans, religious rights, religious freedom, sacred places, Native peoples, Indigenous rights, human rights law, Native American advocates, Indigenous religions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691190907
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691190907.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael D. McNally, author
Carleton College