Background and passage[ edit ] See also: American Indian Religious Freedom Act and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act This tipi is used for peyote ceremonies in the Native American Churchone of the main religions affected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act The Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to all religions, but is most pertinent[ dubious — discuss ] to Native American religions that are burdened by increasing expansion of government projects onto sacred land.
The State of the Free Exercise of Religion in America" featured three panel discussions and two keynote addresses.
Often the particular ceremonies can only take place in certain locations because these locations have special significance. Hobby Lobbyheard by the Supreme Court on March 25, It was integrated with Christianity into what is now known as the Native American Church.
Inthe US supreme court upheld a lower-court decision to deny unemployment benefits to two men who had used peyote as part of a Native American ritual and subsequently lost their jobs.
In Lyng, the Court was unfavorable to sacred land rights.
SmithU. His address traced the legal history of RFRA and discussed its impact on current debates, including the contraception mandate and same-sex marriage laws.