Gathering of Tribal Leaders from Federally registered Tribes and Independent Native American Church Spiritual Elders.

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Press Release | 8 comments

Gathering of Tribal Leaders from Federally registered Tribes and Native American Church Spiritual Elders.

December 16, 2016

Spiritual Elders of both federally registered and recognized tribes and the Independent Native American Church Tribal Organizations gathered together today for a conference and meeting. The meeting which included over 30 Native American spiritual leaders via Video conference technology was the first of it’s kind. The meeting was to share fellowship and to discuss several important issues facing the Native American and US Indigenous peoples.

Spiritual Elders from Federally Registered Tribes: Paiute Nation, Chippewa- Rocky Boy Reservation, Cree- Rocky Boy Reservation, Northern Cheyenne, Lumbee, Shoshone, Southern Ute, Navajo, Hopi…

Topics Discussed:

  • The history of Native American Church Tribal Organizations and parentage with the NAC. NAC opened the door!
  • Solidarity and working together of the on-res and off-reservation tribal organizations for the betterment of all native people.
  • Establishing with sworn testimony that recognized tribal spiritual elders both support and participate in Native American Churches mission to establish and maintain the constitutional and federally mandated rights to practice Native American and Indigenous religion without interference from any governmental authority.
  • That government at all levels be compelled to follow and abide by the very laws they purport to represent.
  • Establishing an association of traditional medicine persons to be a direct representative and voice for Native American Religious freedom in the US.
  • Importance of recognizing all traditional indigenous, native religious and medicinal traditions both ceremonial, sacramental and expressed in any form as equally protected… No preference of spiritual tradition based on blood quotient or tribal affiliation.
  • Presenting a united front and working with legal team to counter efforts to demean and or to disparage the legitimacy of all Native American Churches and religious Tribal Organizations and to redress slander via the courts systems whether by private individuals or governmental agencies.

Some of the representatives attending by video and or phone:

  1. James Flaming Eagle Mooney: Oklevueha Native American Church, Seminole Medicine Man, Spanish Forks, Utah
  2. Linda Mooney: Oklevueha Native American Church Spanish Forks, Utah
  3. Shaun McCausland: Oklevueha Native American Church Spanish Forks, Utah
  4. Gary Tom: Full Blood Paiute, Former Tribal Chief of the Kaibab Band of Paiutes, ONAC of Paiute Nation
  5. Duncan Standing Rock: Full Blood Chippewa, Council of Elders for Rock Boy Reservation Elder
  6. Jonathan Windy Boy: Full Blood Cree, Rocky Boy Reservation Elder and Former Montana Senator (14 Years)
  7. Seira McPherron: Native American Church Roadman, Spiritual Leader of ONAC Light of the Blue Deer Way
  8. Rene’ White: Retired Lt. Colonel of the U.S. Air force, Member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and Spiritual Leader of Native American Church of Virginia (Sanctuary on the Trail)
  9. Dr. Anthony B. James: NAIC SomaVeda, Medicine Elder, Brooksville Fl
  10. Dr. Julie A. James: NAIC SomaVeda, Medicine Elder, Brooksville Fl
  11. Nathan Strong Elk:  NAC Roadman and Spiritual Leader of ONAC of the Southern Ute

Also represented:

  • Vance Little Bird: Native American Church Roadman, Council of Elders and Spiritual Leader of the Northern Cheyenne and ONAC of the Northern Cheyenne
  • Dennis Smith:  Full Blood Shoshone, Former Tribal Chief of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, and Elder Spiritual Leader
  • Dr. Charles Rogers MD: Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Cherokee Nation of Sequoyah,
    Spiritual Leader of ONAC of Cherokee Nation of Sequoyah
  • Harlin Benally:  NAC Roadman and Spiritual Leader of ONAC of the Navajo Nation
  • Wil Numkena:  Former State of Utah Director of Indian Affairs and Hopi Elder

As well as 20 other Spiritual Leaders and Medicine people/ representatives of Independent Native American Indigenous Church Tribal Organizations from Hawaii to Virginia and all parts in between.

A big thank you and Aho! to all the elders who were able to share their presence at this momentous event.

Further meeting will be scheduled for 2016/ 2017.


  1. A very momentous and sacred meeting to be sure. For those of us curious to see such an historic meeting was there a recording?

  2. I’d have to talk with you here. That will be not something I often do!
    I enjoy reading a post that will make people think.

    Furthermore, thanks for letting me to comment!

  3. I’d must talk with you here. That is not a thing I usually do!
    I love reading a post that may make people think. Furthermore, thanks for letting me to comment!

  4. i too am most interested in hearing what was discussed.
    as i have only been a member since 9/15/15 (my birthday present to myself)
    I AM MOST INTERESTED in LEARNING ALL i can of this Spiritual Way of living.
    As i have ALWAYS lived by the CODES i have read-on my own, I was thrilled to learn of this ORG.
    Mother Nature has long been my Goddess and kindness has always been my “religion”.
    So please allow me to ask IF i too can hear or read any of this information

    THANK YOU my Brothers & Sisters. For a truly blessed and amazing “place” to practice with others who live by the same Code of Ethics as i.



  5. i apologize but also would like to learn if there is a sort of Mentoring Program from our ELDERS?
    Because of the similarity in my own previous BELIEFS and PRACTICES which are all the same CODES this amazing “RELIGION” or way of CONDUCT being my own also. Thank you most sincerely~

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    Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

  7. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker
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  8. The proposed rule would authorize the NPS to enter into agreements with federally recognized Indian tribes to allow for the gathering and removal of plants or plant parts for traditional purposes. The proposed rule is intended to continue Indian tribal cultural traditions that are rooted in the history of specific parks.

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