Prison inmates “do not forfeit all constitutional protections by reason of their conviction and confinement in prison.”

U.S. Supreme Court, Bell v. Wolfish, 441 U.S. 520, 545 (1979)

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Huy, NARF Collaborate on Supreme Court Prison Sweatlodge Victory

Dec 7th, 2015

Late last month the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts unanimously ruled that state prison officials went against federal law when they closed a sweat lodge at one of the state’s prisons. …

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DOC, Huy Forge Funding Policy for Indian Prisoner Sweatlodge Firewood

Dec 7th, 2015

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), in collaboration with Huy, has announced a firewood procurement policy and process for Native American sweatlodge ceremonial purposes. The DOC and Huy have…

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Huy Expresses Concern re Proposed New King Co. Juvenile Detention Center

Dec 7th, 2015

Today the Huy Board of Advisors wrote the Seattle City Council, urging the Council “to carefully consider juvenile ‘justice’ alternatives that do not further disenfranchise Native American youth, before approving…

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Huy Supports Seattle City Council Resolution Re Indian Boarding Schools

Sep 16th, 2015

This week the Huy Board of Advisors wrote the Seattle City Council in reference to a Council Resolution that would, according to a draft of the Resolution, “promote truth, healing,…

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South Dakota State Penitentiary Relents, Accommodates Prisoner Pow Wows

Jul 1st, 2015

In March, in tandem with Chase Iron Eyes and Last Real Indians, we reported that: “At some point in late 2014, the Penitentiary decided that prison ceremonies that have historically accommodated as…

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Native Prisoner Religious Rights Prevailing in Federal Courts

Apr 22nd, 2015

Over the last year there have been a series of federal court decisions that somewhat surprisingly, have come down against state corrections agencies that have denied Native inmates their human right…

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South Dakota State Penitentiary Stifles Native Prisoner Pow Wow Ceremonies

Mar 16th, 2015

Department’s latest policy seen as retaliation against Native inmates who defeated the state in federal court over the religious use of tribal tobacco The South Dakota State Penitentiary is denying Native…

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The Impact of Holt v. Hobbs on Native American Inmates

Jan 23rd, 2015

By Joel West Williams, Staff Attorney Native American Rights Fund Holt v. Hobbs, a recent unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court protecting a Muslim prisoner’s right to wear a…

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United Indians Publishes Fall DOC Native Religious Program Newsletter

Nov 28th, 2014

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation DOC Native American Religious Program has published its Fall 2014 Newsletter to all of the Indian Circles in Washington State prisons. The newsletter,…

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Squaxin Island Tribe Publishes “Inmate Resource Guide”

Nov 4th, 2014

The Squaxin Island Tribe created a handbook to answer questions for incarcerated members of the Squaxin Island community and their family, both during incarceration and upon release. The Tribe wants…

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