Summary: S.1021 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.1021. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (05/25/1993)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Protection of Sacred Sites

Title II: Traditional Use of Peyote

Title III: Prisoners' Rights

Title IV: Religious Use of Eagles and Other Animals and

Plants

Title V: Jurisdiction and Remedies

Title VI: Miscellaneous

Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act of 1993 - Title I: Protection of Sacred Sites - Requires Federal agencies to plan and manage their lands in ways that are consistent with Native American religious sites.

Grants access to religious sites on Federal lands to Native American practitioners at all times, unless the President determines that national security interests are directly affected. Provides for the temporary closing of such areas to general public use in order to protect the privacy of religious or cultural activities.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to identify lands with which an Indian tribe has historic or religious ties. Requires a Federal agency, before undertaking any activities on such land, to notify the Secretary and the affected tribe and refrain from such activities until the matter is resolved. (Sets forth a special rule for the Indian pueblos of New Mexico.)

Provides for tribal authority over Native American religious sites on Indian lands.

Establishes criminal sanctions for damaging Native American religious sites on Federal land.

Title II: Traditional Use of Peyote - States that: (1) the use, possession, or transportation by an Indian of peyote for bona fide ceremonial use in a Native American religious activity is lawful and shall not be prohibited by the Federal Government or any State; (2) such activity may be reasonably regulated; and (3) specified provisions of Texas law shall remain applicable to such activity.

Title III: Prisoners' Rights - Grants Native American prisoners access to traditional religious leaders, ceremonial materials, and religious facilities.

Directs the Attorney General to establish the Commission on the Religious Freedom of Native American Prisoners.

Title IV: Religious Use of Eagles and Other Animals and Plants - Requires the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to: (1) develop a plan for access to eagles and other animals and plants for use in Native American religious activities; and (2) consult with Regional Advisory Councils (established by this Act) in such matters.

Title V: Jurisdiction and Remedies - Grants jurisdiction to U.S. district courts for actions to enforce the provisions of this Act.

Title VI: Miscellaneous - Sets forth miscellaneous provisions.