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FT-254559-17

Michael David McNally
Carleton College (Northfield, MN 55057-4044)

Native American Religious Freedom beyond the First Amendment

Writing a book on the role of Native American religious traditions in legal debates over religious freedom.

The category of "religion" as it has come to be defined in the law has had mixed results for Native American communities who have strategically appealed to the legal/political discourse of "religious freedom" to protect sacred places, practices, knowledge, objects, and ancestral remains that are not easily assimilated into modern Western senses of "religion." In turn, those communities have articulated such arguably "religious" claims in other legal and political discourses: cultural property, historic preservation and environmental law, treaty-based federal Indian law, and indigenous rights in international human rights law. The book to be completed under the grant, Native American Religious Freedom Beyond the First Amendment, explores these Native American claims, and the various legal discourses of their articulation, to inform contemporary discussions about religious freedom, the cultural history of the category of religion, and the vitality of indigenous religions in today's world.

Project fields:
History of Religion; Law and Jurisprudence; Native American Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 8/31/2017