Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Oak Flat, San Carlos Apache, Resolution Copper
Apr 7, 2023

Tribe warns US government against moving ahead with mine

Native American tribal members fighting plans for an enormous copper mine on land they consider sacred say they are increasingly worried U.S. officials will publish an environmental review paving the way for the project even as they await a federal appeals court ruling in the case.

Oak Flat, Apache Stronghold, Resolution Copper
Mar 20, 2023

Let’s take clear path back to protecting native religious freedom

The federal courts have generally denied Native American religious beliefs the same protections afforded other, more convenient religions under the law.

Rev. Bruce Prescott, left, speaks during a vigil outside a Hobby Lobby store in Edmond, Okla., June 30 in reaction to the Supreme Court's decision that some companies like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby chain of arts-and-craft stores can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, if they have religious objections. (AP photo)
Jul 3, 2014

Hobby Lobby ruling bodes well for nonprofits also challenging law

In a blow to the Obama administration that may hint at how a similar challenge will play out next year, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer-funded health care plans cover certain contraceptives at no cost to employees violates the rights of religious owners of closely-held private companies.

Jun 22, 2012

Court orders Tempe lawyer to pay Arizona Snowbowl’s court-related fees

A federal appeals court said Thursday that a Tempe-based attorney should be held personally responsible for costs that Arizona Snowbowl incurred to defend itself against “bad faith” suits the lawyer brought against the resort.