June 26, 2007

Lakota to lead Baha'is

Lakota woman elected to head U.S. Baha'is' national assemblyJacqueline Left Hand Bull-Delahunt has been chosen as the first American Indian woman to head the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States.

Left Hand Bull-Delahunt, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was brought up by traditional Lakota grandparents and parents. She became a member of the Baha'is more than 20 years ago.

The change to the Baha'is was not a large leap for Left Hand Bull-Delahunt. The spirituality is very similar to that of her Lakota upbringing, she said.

"I knew about the beauty and power of our traditional ways and the Catholic Church could not accommodate them," she said. "I was always a little bit confused. Then I heard about the Baha'i faith."

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