Wednesday, January 5, 2011– Sweat Lodge Ban:

Last fall, an aboriginal man built a sweat lodge to help friends in his Cree community in Quebec. Days later, Christian members of the community circulated a petition opposing the sweat lodge. In response, the Council of the Cree Nation of Ouje`-Bougoumou passed a resolution banning sweat lodge ceremonies and all traditional Native spiritual practices. The sweat was subsequently dismantled. Should organized religion dominate Native spirituality? Is this the sovereign right of a tribal nation, or does this violate religious freedom? Guests include Redfern Mianscum (Cree) and Armand McKenzie.

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