Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protection Association
Significance, The Majority Opinion, The Dissent, Impact, Further Readings
Richard E. Lyng, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Northwest Indian Cemetery Protection Association, et al.
Construction of a road and harvesting of timber through areas held sacred by Native American was in violation of their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and also in violation of various federal statutes.
Chief Defense for Petitioner
Andrew J. Pincus
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Marilyn B. Miles
Justices for the Court
Sandra Day O'Connor (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall (Anthony M. Kennedy did not participate)
Date of Decision
19 April 1988
Construction of the proposed road does not violate the First Amendment regardless of its effect on the religious practices of respondents because it compels no behavior contrary to their belief.
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