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Message from Mormon blogger to Scouts: Drop the Native American symbols


Now that the LDS Church has decided to stick with the Boy Scouts of America, Utah mother Jo Overton would like Mormons to consider another issue: the Scouts' appropriation of Native American symbols and rituals.

"Feathers, colors, headdresses, regalia, drums, Native dance, names, body painting, and eagles are all sacred to most of Native America," Overton, a member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe, writes on the Femwoc (Feminist Mormon Women of Color) blog. "They are a direct connection to our history and our culture of today. The fact they even exist today is a testament to the courage and fortitude of our people in the face of cultural annihilation. The price paid by my ancestors and my family, for me to continue to participate, was and is with their blood and lives."


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