Oldest Native American Church to James Mooney: Marijuana Is Not Our Sacrament

ICTMN Staff
2/8/16

The following is an official statement from the Native American Church in regards to Flaming Eagle Mooney and Oklevueha.

The Native American Church of South Dakota (NACSD), is the oldest Native American Church within Lakota Territory and the State of South Dakota incorporated October 5, 1922. The NACSD is based within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Agency – Oglala Sioux Tribe and serves its membership throughout the State and Lakota Territory.

As the oldest organization existing from Lakota ancestral linage and serving its Lakota members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; the Native American Church of South Dakota presents this position:

— The Native American Church of South Dakota has no knowledge or existence of the Oklevueha Lakota Sioux Nation Native American Church;

— The Native American Church of South Dakota does not know James Warren Mooney;

— The Native American Church of South Dakota stands firm with the Fool Bull family against the misrepresentation of the Fool Bull Family name by the Oklevueha organization’s;

— The Native American Church of South Dakota does not condone the use of Marijuana as a sacrament of the Native American Church. The Native American Church of South Dakota’s cultural values & teachings along with its mission statement recognized the Holy Peyote as the only Sacrament of the Native American Church. The preservation of our Sacrament Peyote is standing true to what has been handed down to us as a Native American Church. It is a deep disrespect to Lakota NAC leadership/Elders/Wisdom Keepers who fought and died for our NAC ceremonial way of life to consider marijuana as a sacrament of the Native American Church.

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liminal
Submitted by liminal on
One of Mooney's many branches is https://ayahuascahealings.com/ run by an online marketer Christopher "Trinity" de Guzman and his "shaman" sidekick Marc Roland Shackman "Koomaja Banyan Tree". They have purchased an expensive membership in Mooney's racket and also require their members to buy individual laminated membership cards. This group, Ayahuasca Healings, claims that for this reason they can legally sell the drug brew at their rural land near Elbe, Washington. But they don't have the required DEA permit, they treat their followers badly, they are rip off artists, and they walk in the footsteps of the biggest con of all: James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney.

Rev Brandon Baker
Rev Brandon Baker
Submitted by Rev Brandon Baker on
YOU ARE VERY WRONG... SEE Gonzales v. UDV, 2006: And in fact an exception has been made to the Schedule I ban for religious use. For the past 35 years, there has been a regulatory exemption for use of peyote—a Schedule I substance—by the Native American Church. See 21 CFR §1307.31 (2005). In 1994, Congress extended that exemption to all members of every recognized Indian Tribe. See 42 U. S. C. §1996a(b)(1). Everything the Government says about the DMT in hoasca—that, as a Schedule I substance, Congress has determined that it “has a high potential for abuse,” “has no currently accepted medical use,” and has “a lack of accepted safety for use . . .under medical supervision,” 21 U. S. C. §812(b)(1)—applies in equal measure to the mescaline in peyote... YET both the Executive and Congress itself have decreed an exception from the Controlled Substances Act for Native American religious use of peyote. IF such use is permitted in the face of the congressional findings in §812(b)(1) for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans practicing their faith, it is difficult to see how those same findings alone can preclude any consideration of a similar exception for a few hundred or so American members...... who want to practice theirs. See Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. Hialeah, 508 U. S. 520, 547 (1993). REMEMBER strict scrutiny “at least requires a case-by-case determination of the question, sensitive to the facts of each particular claim”). Outside the Free Exercise area as well, the Court has noted that “[c]ontext matters” in applying the compelling interest test, Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U. S. 306, 327 (2003), and has emphasized that “strict scrutiny does take ‘relevant differences’ into account—indeed, that is its fundamental purpose,” Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Peña, 515 U. S. 200, 228 (1995).

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liminal
Submitted by liminal on
Brandon, those rulings only apply to those specifc groups and those specifc drugs. They do not give anyone everywhere the right to use all drugs. Ayahyausca Healings and their mother scam church ONAC do not have DEA permits. They have not fought in courts for ayahuasca. Mooney may have the right to use peyote in Utah. But that is only peyote, only Utah. James Mooney lies about his heritage and about most everything else. He is an experienced, culturally appropriating, con artist. Everyone would be wise to steer clear of Mooney, along with his money making Ayahuasca Healings branch in Washington state.

Dhamma Huasca
Dhamma Huasca
Submitted by Dhamma Huasca on
Rev Baker, The ruling in Gonzales v. UDV only applied to the UDV. It did not make the use of Ayahuasca or any other controlled substance legal for any other group or individual. It did create a precedent yet a church would have to apply for an exemption from the DEA or get one through the courts. Ayahuasca Healings and ONAC have not done this for Ayahuasca or any other controlled substance. Its true that the ONAC can legally use Peyote in Utah and a number of other states.

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spragueriverporter
Submitted by spragueriverporter on
The first time I heard that James Mooney had no authority to sell branches of Oklevueha Native American Church was in Texas from the peyote people. The State of Utah is harboring this fraudulent medicine man. The federal case against him and his wife should be reopened and their federal charges pressed again. This organization is unhealthy and built on lies and deceit. They have a marijuana church in Virginia where cannabis is not even legal for medical use. The branch in northern California that is a cannabis church is openly defying state cannabis laws. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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spragueriverporter
Submitted by spragueriverporter on
The first time I heard that James Mooney had no authority to sell branches of Oklevueha Native American Church was in Texas from the peyote people. The State of Utah is harboring this fraudulent medicine man. The federal case against him and his wife should be reopened and their federal charges pressed again. This organization is unhealthy and built on lies and deceit. They have a marijuana church in Virginia where cannabis is not even legal for medical use. The branch in northern California that is a cannabis church is openly defying state cannabis laws. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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