“One of the most threatening was the attack on Pueblo religion started by the United States government in 1921. Using the recently passed Religious Crimes Act as its chief weapon, the government made the practice of Indian religious ceremonies a punishable offense. At the same time, the government launched a public campaign to vilify native religion…and also claimed that native religion was largely responsible for the Indian failure to assimilate into the cultural mainstream. For Indians to rise above their ‘savage’ state, so the argument ran, it was necessary to destroy their pagan worship” (16).
From the book, The Taos Indians and the Battle for Blue Lake.