When the nascent United States was drafting and adopting its supreme laws, several references to religion were made. For example, in the Bill of Rights:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
- First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
There are also documents such as treaties testifying to the secular nature of the United States:
[T]he Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion
- Treat of Tripoli
And many of the states de-established their churches (inherited form England?) in the colonial era or in early decades. But all these seem to have taken place within a context of Abrahamic religions. For instance, the Treaty of Tripoli above was clearly directed at the Muslim Eyalet of Tripolitania. This made me wonder whether contemporary Americans understood their concept of free of religion as being applicable to non-Abrahamic faiths too. For example, that of the Native Americans.
So my question is, did native religions come up at all when the United States was adopting religious freedom into its fundamental laws? Did America's Founding Fathers or their contemporaries consider Native Americans and their beliefs?
For instance, was native religions mentioned during:
- Government documents or statements
- By delegates during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, or during ratification;
- Federalist or Anti-Federalist campaigning materials, e.g. the Federalist Papers
Note that I'm looking for the legal concept of freedom of religions being actually applied for Native American beliefs; not whether the concept should have applied.