PERU, Ind. (AP) — Native American inmates are being allowed to resume religious ceremonies at an Indiana prison following the filing of a federal lawsuit over the issue.
Officials say the Miami Correctional Facility banned Native American services last year because the group lacked the required outside volunteers to lead the services.
The Kokomo Tribune reports that the Department of Correction agreed to reinstate worship ceremonies at the prison near the city of Peru. Prison officials say it will have a chaplain who assists in Native American worship and study at the Pendelton Correctional Facility to help resume the ceremonies.
ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk says he’s pleased with the response to the lawsuit it filed on behalf of inmate Daniel Littlepage.