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Daniel Thomas #12242-273

Struggle for Religious Freedom

12/20/2018

For most of U.S. history, natives were not accorded the formal freedom of religious exercise.  A right included in the first Amendment.  The free exercise clause finally came to include natives in 1988 with the Indian Civil Rights Act, even though in 1978 Congress established the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, or AIRFA.  These proposals ultimately failed in Congress.  The amendment known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act managed to succeed.  Then in 2000, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act was established.  Nevertheless, this act has the potential o also be ruled unconstitutional if the issue ever reaches the Supreme Court. 

For centuries Natives experienced internal colonialism, forced assimilation, exploitation, discrimination, and cultural degradation.  One of the steps ultimately required to achieve religious equality, will be the allowance and encouragement of Native religious practice and spiritual observance in prison. 

Know your rights!  Restrictions on a prisoner’s right to religious literature violates the first Amendment.  Prison officials are not required to provide religious objects as long as inmates are free to purchase or obtain objects themselves.  They cannot ban some objects and not others w/o justification.  Prisoners have success with claims protecting religious dietary practices.  Courts have ordered such diets be made available to inmates.  Rejecting efforts by officials to charge inmates for religious diets.  The religious and spiritual requirements of incarcerated natives are clearly not being met to a satisfactory degree. 

 

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About Daniel

Astrological sign:
Cancer
Willing to correspond outside of the U.S.:
Yes
Photo verified by WriteAPrisoner.com:
No
Birth date:
7/14/1982 (age 36)
Eyes
Brown
Hair
Black
Hometown
Spokane, WA
Marital Status
Single
Race
Native American
Religion
Native American
Interested in furthering their education:
Yes
Seeking legal help:
No
Seeking prayer partners:
Yes
Gender
Male
Sexual orientation: 
Straight
Profile starts on:
10/1/2017
Profile ends on:
6/1/2020

Incarceration Information

Earliest Release Date
12/7/2026
Latest Release Date
2028
On Death Row
No
Incarcerated Since
2012
Serving Life Sentence
No
Incarcerated For


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High School

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University High School
Spokane Valley, WA

College

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Nebraska Indian Community College
Santee, NE

Military Service

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Unknown

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