Red Wing schools suspend plan for American Indian blessings

Red Wing, Minnesota (AP) 9-07

Plans for a series of American Indian blessings at several schools were suspended after some people objected that the blessings would violate separation of church and state.

The blessings were scheduled to start Tuesday, led by Winfred Red Cloud of the Prairie Island Community.

But at September 22nd school board meeting, some residents objected.

“I personally find this very offensive,” Tom Johnson told the board. “Our public schools should be a neutral place.”

Tammy Cedergren, a candidate for an open board seat, told board members the event would be equal to her husband, a Christian minister, giving Holy Communion in schools.

Superintendent Stan Slessor said the blessings likely would be canceled. He said he would seek a policy that addresses events that raise concerns about religious encroachment into public schools.

Information from: Red Wing Republican Eagle,