The Andrew Red Cloud Case

American Native Peace Pipe

Andrew Red Cloud is an Oglala Sioux who left the reservation to go to graduate school in Orange County, California.  As a Multicultural Studies major, Andrew often studied many different tribal and coming-of-age ceremonies.  One day, he decided to smoke a peace pipe with some of the other graduate students.  They were living on-campus in state-supported dorms.  Back home, the religious ceremony often required Andrew to smoke wild hemp, or marijuana, which was believed to possess many spiritually tranquil properties that put one in touch with the world of the Sioux ancestors.   However, a school official came into the room and confiscated the pipe and the drug.  Later, Andrew was called into the Dean's Office and told he would no longer be receiving his government grants because he had violated the "no drug" clause.  Andrew believes it was his right to smoke because it is part of his native religion.  Will you defend Andrew Red Cloud in his case against the school and the Federal Government? 


Possible Research Links Online:

Origin of the Lakota Peace Pipe Ritual


Anti-Drug Plans


Peyote and the Native American Church

History of the Oglala Lacota Sioux

Religious Freedom and Use of Hallucinogenic Tea

 


One day, he decided to smoke a peace pipe with some of the other graduate students.  They were living on-campus in state-supported dorms. 

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