Friday, May 26, 2006

Upcoming event on June 21st -- the National Day of Prayer to protect Native American sacred places will be observed at the Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, Colo.

The National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places is being observed at the Native American Rights Fund on June 21, 2006. The public is welcome to a sunrise ceremony that will be held on NARFs front lawn beginning at 6:00 a.m. The program is expected to last for one hour with a prayer ceremony, speakers, and a moment of silence to show concern for the sacred places that are being damaged and destroyed today. NARF is headquartered at 1506 Broadway in Boulder, Colorado.

As part of its mission, the Native American Rights Fund advocates for sacred site protection, religious freedom efforts and cultural rights. NARF attorneys and staff participate in local and national gatherings and discussions about how to protect lands that are sacred and precious to Native Americans.

The Native American Rights Fund utilizes its resources to protect First Amendment rights of Native American religious leaders, prisoners and members of the Native American Church, and to assert tribal rights to cultural property and human remains, in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Why should holy places be protected? How well do existing laws and federal agency regulations protect Native American places of worship? These and other questions will be addressed by NARF attorneys, Steve Moore and Walter Echo-Hawk, who are active in the Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark, The Devils Tower, the Kennewick Man case [Bonnichsen v. United States] and the work of the Sacred Lands Protection Coalition, of which the Native American Rights Fund is a member.

Bring a chair or a blanket and join us on the front lawn at NARF. Please bring food and/or beverages to share at the completion of the program.

For more information, contact Rose Cuny at 303-447-8760.