A group of Native Americans recently spoke at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
Joseph Medicine Crow, a 96-year-old World War II veteran who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama, is the grandson of White Man Runs Him, one of Custer’s Crow scouts.
The men spoke not only of their contributions to the US military, but also the importance of Native American spirituality, even within the military: Read more…
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In the wake of the article highlighting the Christian perspective on a neo-pagan congregation site at the Air Force Academy, a local military paper notes the presence of a Native American sweat lodge on Turkey Creek Ranch, an MWR facility of Fort Carson. (Fort Carson was recently threatened over the cross on its hospital patch.)
Here, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, their families and supporters come to pray in a traditional Native American purification ceremony.
The religious site has been at the military facility since the 1990s:
The Turkey Creek Ranch sweat lodge was started in 1994 by two Native American military members who wanted a traditional place to pray. Fort Carson Army Installation gave them a permanent spot inside its Turkey Creek Ranch…
Though the military is sometimes accused of trying to Read more…
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