Published on December 1, 2012 by Amy
The Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth, established in 1977, is a native American cultural society and lobby group which operates as a council of respected leaders of American Indian nations. It aims to renew and preserve native American culture, values, and worldview at a grass-roots level, and to provide avenues for that culture to inform and contribute to contemporary cultural and political debate. The Circle’s office is located in Bozeman, Montana.
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The Circle holds a conference annually. The American Indian Institute acts as the Traditional Circle’s sponsoring agent.
Steve Talbot wrote: “In a 1992 communique, the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth directly linked the abridgment of Indian religious freedom to the Doctrine of Christian Nations and the 1823 Johnson v. McIntosh decision that embodies it.”
Mohawk documentary film-maker Danny Beaton talked in an interview about “a sacred circle of grassroots spiritual Elders in Montana called the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth.”