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Mon Jun 24, 2024, 12:37 PM Jun 24

They took part in Apache ceremonies. Their schools expelled them for satanic activities [View all]


They took part in Apache ceremonies. Their schools expelled them for satanic activities

Educators on the Fort Apache Reservation have repeatedly condemned teens for participating in a sacred dance. It follows a pattern of Christian discipline begun more than a century ago

Nicolle Okoren with photographs by Trevor Christensen
Mon 24 Jun 2024 10.00 EDT

The way the school saw it, it was devil worship.

In October 2019, three teenage girls were punished for participating in a spiritual ceremony. Their Arizona school expelled two of them, and let the third off with a warning, citing their attendance as a violation of school policy and grounds for expulsion.

Caitlyn, now 18, says she and her friends were disciplined for participating in a Sunrise Dance, a traditional Native ceremony at the core of White Mountain Apache culture.

Caitlyn finished her eighth-grade year at East Fork Lutheran school and then moved on to a school off the reservation, but the damage was done. For the next four years, Caitlyn struggled to integrate into her Apache culture. She explained: “I didn’t allow myself to engage or talk about my culture,” she says. “Even after I graduated, I had that paranoia that I would get in trouble for talking about or participating in it.”

It states that these 13-year-old girls will only be allowed to return to school if they agree to confess in front of the Wels church, school and community that they were worshiping the devil when they took part in the Sunrise Dance. They must promise never to do it again. Maria, a younger woman in her late 30s, was there to share a similar story. The school board found that she had also participated in what they considered a satanic ceremony. Her children were not allowed to return to school the next year. The school had decided to penalize the children for the perceived sins of their mother. Astonishingly, this pattern of Christian discipline, started more than a century ago, had never stopped.


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This needs more eyeballs. Hermit-The-Prog Jun 24 #1
Based on our reporting and speaking with members of the tribe, there are over 80 churches on the reservation, Celerity Jun 25 #47
I have no tolerance of evangelicals. Surely all of this shit is illegal. Hermit-The-Prog Jun 25 #48
Lutheran school? SarahD Jun 24 #2
Worse, Wisconsin. WhiskeyGrinder Jun 24 #5
Not Missouri synod. The Wels name for the school wnylib Jun 24 #6
My DH's family is WELS Bettie Jun 24 #16
I grew up Missouri synod. murielm99 Jun 24 #18
I went to a Missouri Synod church for a few years wnylib Jun 24 #35
WELS - Wisconsin Synod AZSkiffyGeek Jun 24 #7
Thanks, everyone, for the explanation. SarahD Jun 24 #9
I was in Missouri Synod parochial schools in Cleveland from second to sixth. We were taught evolution was wrong, ... marble falls Jun 24 #40
Sounds like they need to start a school voucher system on the reservation MagickMuffin Jun 24 #3
So-called christians are always persecuting others BoRaGard Jun 24 #4
That particular religious school is affiliated with wnylib Jun 25 #46
They weren't praising Chaysuss lpbk2713 Jun 24 #8
Cancel culture. duncang Jun 24 #10
They attend a Lutheran school LeftInTX Jun 24 #39
The freedumb of the greatest nation on earth. Marcus IM Jun 24 #11
Women are pretty much halfway there now. calimary Jun 24 #25
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. Thomas Paine Ping Tung Jun 24 #12
Doesn't surprise me. twodogsbarking Jun 24 #13
Pay taxes then mother fuckers. onecaliberal Jun 24 #14
Native Americans being punished by European-Americans for being Americans DFW Jun 24 #15
Religious freedom as long as I approve of your religion and worshiping. republianmushroom Jun 24 #17
This is what we're all looking at, should the talibangelicals take over slightlv Jun 24 #24
I'm afraid you are correct. republianmushroom Jun 24 #26
Interesting tidbit Mosby Jun 24 #19
WELS Lutherans are NOT liberal by any stretch of the imagination AZSkiffyGeek Jun 24 #29
My mistake. Mosby Jun 24 #33
Lutherans are liberal? Did I miss a memo? Iggo Jun 24 #44
The Swedish national church (Lutheran) was led by a female from 2014-2022, and has a major bishop who is a lesbian, Celerity Jun 25 #49
Fuck em. Don't go back to that crazy school. maxsolomon Jun 24 #20
From the story: but the damage was done. cbabe Jun 24 #42
Apparently, killing them and stealing their land wasn't good enough. LudwigPastorius Jun 24 #21
And also punished for speaking their own language. Dave Bowman Jun 24 #37
I thought that horse shit went out with high button shoes and corsets Warpy Jun 24 #22
Sadly, no, it is still alive and well in this country. republianmushroom Jun 24 #23
A lot of tribes here do K-12 Warpy Jun 24 #38
"Being expelled from that sink of a school might be the best thing to happen for those girls. Iggo Jun 24 #43
This just infuriates me. slightlv Jun 24 #27
Unfortunately, the reservation lands have become the prized homelands of the worst of Societe American'. jaxexpat Jun 24 #28
When I first saw the title I briefly though that it Dave Bowman Jun 24 #30
And if they don't confess, are the school officials... 3catwoman3 Jun 24 #31
WTF? malaise Jun 24 #32
As a Lutheran I am appalled by this. I cannot believe this crap happened in a Lutheran community on the ... marble falls Jun 24 #34
Are you the one, true variation of Christian? keithbvadu2 Jun 24 #36
Religion is awesome! Iggo Jun 24 #41
The legal framework that allows these schools to exist ought to be dismantled. hunter Jun 24 #45
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