Indiana: Security bars Native American ceremonies

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State attorneys say security concerns keep Indiana from allowing Native American offenders in a prison from practicing their religion without outside supervision.

The Indiana attorney general’s office said in a statement issued Monday that it doesn’t believe the prison’s policy breaks the law.

A federal court hearing is set for Wednesday on Daniel Littlepage’s request for a preliminary injunction forcing Miami Correctional Facility to allow Native American prisoners to hold worship ceremonies.

The state argues in court documents that there’s evidence that some Native American prisoners were abusing their religious rights and that the ceremonies gave inmates from different prison sections an opportunity to gather without supervision, threatening security.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana says in court documents that there had been no previous problems. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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