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New Mexico Considers Protection of Ceremonial Native American Dances

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A committee of the New Mexico State Legislature gave a sympathetic ear recently to a presentation calling for the protection of ceremonial Native American dances. The Farmington Daily-Times reports that the co-founder of a group called Sacred Preservation, Shawn Price, told the Indian Affairs Committee that non-Indians are viewing sacred dances, then performing them themselves for money. The Daily-Times says Price pointed out that although Native Americans’ arts and crafts are protected from exploitation, their dances are not. He is seeking state action to stop such behavior.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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