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Nudists To Demonstrate for Tax-Supported Facilities

July 11, 1987

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) _ Nudists planning to converge on a national park to call for tax-supported nudist facilities will be breaking the law if they do it in the raw, a park official said.

About 100 nudists are expected today at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, said organizer Don Deakin. The event also marks the Ninth Annual National Nude Weekend.

About 30 million Americans participate in social nudity and should get state and federal funding for nudist recreation areas, said Deakin, who operates the Sunshine Garden Resort, a nudist resort near Battle Creek, Mich.

National Nude Weekend celebrates nudists’ ″open and honest″ philosophy toward life, Deakin said.

Nudist clubs and organizations across the country will celebrate the holiday in various ways. Many clubs will hold open houses for couples and families only, he said.

When asked about the celebration, the chief ranger of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was unaware of the nudists’ plans, but he was not surprised.

″Nobody has contacted us,″ Chief Ranger Dick Littlefield said. ″In the past they’ve asked permission and we’ve denied it for any type of organized activity. They may just be planning to do whatever they’re going to do on their own.″

Though no federal statute exists concerning nudity, there is a state law, he said. Federal law requires a permit for demonstrations, he added.

If the group refuses an official order to get dressed, he said, ″the minimum it would cost them is at least a night in jail.″

Littlefield said the celebration could pass without incident if the group chooses an isolated area. Deakin plans to hold the celebration at Mount Baldy, which he described as a fairly remote part of the Dunes.

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