Quietly and without controversy, the US Air Force Academy hosted its annual prayer luncheon last week.
The keynote address came from motivational speaker DJ “Eagle Bear” Vanas, a 1993 USAFA graduate and “enrolled member” of the Odawa Nation, a Native American tribe:
“Our spirituality makes us strong from the inside-out,” he said. “It strengthens and sustains us…
When we practice our spiritual faith, we make better decisions.”
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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