Australian panel to recommend changing constitution to recognize Aborigines

Australian panel to recommend changing constitution to recognize Aborigines(CNN) -- A panel of Australian citizens is expected to set the tone Thursday for a planned constitutional referendum to better recognize the indigenous population that inhabited the vast continent long before Europeans settled there.

When Customs Become Confusing

When Customs Become ConfusingWhen we accepted an invitation to the sweat lodge we had no idea that white people were going to be going in with us.
The directions given to me and a relative were supposed to lead us to the secluded area where the sweat was going to be held. The route was confusing and full of ndn descriptors: look for a red mailbox, turn by a pond, drive over two bridges, watch for a red ribbon tied around an old pole, etc.

Seven in court for Welbedacht stoning

Seven in court for Welbedacht stoningPARENTS that lost their baby allegedly stolen by a local Sangoma Picture: DOCTOR NGCOBO
Seven men – including a missing child’s father – arrested in connection with the stoning to death of a Welbedacht sangoma have appeared in separate court rooms at the Chatsworth Magistrate’s court.

A New Moon ritual with a New Age flavor

A New Moon ritual with a New Age flavorThe women in the Rosh Hodesh group at Bloomfield’s Temple Ner Tamid sat in a circle, eyes closed.
Nancy Dakota Adlman got up quietly, drum in hand, and walked slowly around the circle three times, stopping in front of each woman to drum at different “chakras,” or zones, of their bodies. She repeated the ritual with a rattle and a rain stick noisemaker. As she completed her final circle, she returned to her place and signaled completion with three chimes of a bell.

Native woman to become first American Indian saint

Native woman to become first American Indian saintPope Benedict XVI, issued a decree in December 2011 saying that the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be among seven new saints to be canonised by the Vatican, with the ceremony expected to take place in 2012.