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ACLU of Alaska settles religious rights lawsuit

Goose Creek Correctional Center.

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Cherokee Indian inmate at a state prison who claimed he was not allowed to practice his Native faith with certain clothing.

The ACLU says the lawsuit by Goose Creek Correctional Center prisoner Brian Hall against the state Department of Corrections was settled Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed in August 2016 after Hall was denied requests to wear as part of his faith a bear claw pendant and a bandanna in violation of the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

ACLU officials say in a news release that under the settlement agreement, Hall and others will be able to practice their faith without "constitutional constraints."

DOC officials did not immediately respond with a comment.

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