Indiana prison resuming Native American services

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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. 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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