APM Benefits

Benefits of Native American Indigenous Church APM Membership

Simply stated members have to be members to establish and guarantee the legal rights and protections which allow unfettered access and exchange of the particular expressions of religious practice and healing which we claim as NAIC.

Membership establishes several important things:

1) Participation and support of the human right to receive and exchange traditional, indigenous and natural medicine, therapy, healing, ceremony and or counseling.

2) Defines the exchange of services as a traditional, indigenous and natural medicine, therapy, healing or counseling and not a medical, therapeutic or massage service as defined and
regulated by a governmental authority or “licensing” board.

3) Establishes that neither the client nor the healer is “the public” as defined by law and therefor not to be regulated as such.

4) Establishes the sincerely and firmly held conviction that performing, sharing and participating in ceremony, sacrament and healing is a right of Native American Church expression of both Native American and religious freedom principles, statute and established precedent.

5) Client/ communicant- minister privilege (“Right to privacy” between therapist counselor, minister and the member receiving the service). Please note: No NAIC membership =  no Client/ communicant- minister privilege. When both practitioner/ minister and client/ communicant are members of NAIC there is no service to the public, there is no compelling interest of government to intervene. In fact interfering is specifically prohibited.

6) If client is not an NAIC member there is no expressive private association membership contract, and no protections afforded to expressive private association among members.

7) If client is not a member there are no Native American Religious freedoms or protections for such under AIRFA, RLUIPA, Title 42, 25, 18 etc.

8) If client is not a member there is no protection from liability, nor arbitration agreement for dispute between members.

9) If client is not a member there is no legal contract or understanding that all services, counseling, therapies etc. are Native American indigenous religious expressions. Leaves the door open to misunderstanding either in the moment or at some future date. Also leaves the door open to a relative, partner or medical person misinterpreting the nature of the services.

10) Services rendered without clearly establishing the nature of the relationship as a religious exchange, are subject to being interpreting as a secular service which would place them under the jurisdiction of various state medical practices acts. Clearly establishing the nature of the relationship between the NAIC practitioner and he client reduces and or eliminates confusion and misunderstanding.