NAIC ARTICLES OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICE

Native American Indigenous Church, Inc. “NAIC”

(A Private, Not for Profit Religious Native American Church, Indigenous Tribal Organization, Expressive, Ecclesiastical Church, Association Education and Health care Membership Organization)

NAIC Tribal Org. ARTICLES OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICE, EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE MEMBERSHIP

We for membership fee paid in hand, do hereby apply for membership and participation in NAIC Tribal Org., an indigenous/ native American/ private religious/ church/ expressive association/ education and health care organization. With signing the membership agreement for any NAIC Tribal Org. Level of Authorized Membership agreement I/we accept the offer made to become a member of NAIC Tribal Org. and have read and agree with the following Declaration of Purpose from Article I of NAIC Tribal Org. Articles of Association.

1. This NAIC Tribal Org. Religious/ Church Ecclesiastical, Religious Organization of members hereby declares that our main objective is to establish and to protect our rights to religious/ ecclesiastical expressive association and freedom of choice regarding our indigenous and traditional. familial, Native American beliefs, education and health information and care, through maintaining our spirit given and Constitutional rights.

2. As members, we affirm our belief that the Constitution of the United States is one of the best documents ever devised by man and the signers of the Declaration of Independence did so out of love for their country. We believe that the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees our members the rights of free speech, petition, assembly, and the right to gather together for the lawful purpose of advising and helping one another in asserting our rights under the Federal and State Constitutions and Statutes. We strive to maintain and improve the civil rights, constitutional guarantees, and freedom of choice in religious expression, beliefs and practice, health care and political freedom of every member and citizen of the United States of America.

3. We declare the basic right of all of our members to select minister, clergy, healers, pastors, counselors, therapists, medicine men and women practitioners, teachers and medicine elders from our number who could be expected to give wisest counsel and advice concerning the need for physical, mental and spiritual health care assistance and to select from our membership those members who are the most skilled to assist and facilitate the actual performance and delivery of Indigenous and Traditional, Native American Health Care, Ceremony, Native American Medicine and Medicine teachings and Sacrament. We reserve the traditional right to practice Native and Indigenous, Traditional, Familial and or Nature Cure healing and wellness supportive methods from any and all other indigenous/ native cultures concurrent with our own sacred beliefs such as, but not limited to:  Any natural substance, water, plant or mineral or energy (Seen or unseen) derived from Spirit and or the Sacred Mother Earth, Chirothesia, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Herbology, Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Hawaiina Huna and or Lomi Lomi, Filipino Hilot/ Ablon,  SomaVeda®, Thai Yoga, (Indigenous, Traditional Thai Massage slang), Nuad Boran, care sessions, programs and or related, and suggest products, Dense nutrition/ supplements, Sacred food, diet, non-invasive electric instruments and subtle energy devices using iontophoretic/ galvanic/ scalar energy principles, as well bio-magnetic/ bio-energetic, Pranic, Reiki, psychological, emotional, mental, and/or other physical/ energetic/spirit based or originated healing methods concurrent with our sincere beliefs approved by NAIC Tribal Org. NAIC Tribal Org. healing methodologies and understandings do include developing therapies and non-standard approaches that are outside of the scope of practice and or definitions of secular licensed medicine including all secular allied medical specialties.

4. We declare that our Indigenous Ministerial/ Pastoral/Clerical heritage of traditional, natural Indigenous (clerical/ pastoral/ ministerial) Healthcare, Healing Science and Medicine (IHSM) as a continuing and vital heritage. IHSM is developed as a ministerial approach to health that incorporates indigenous, tribal, traditional and scripturally valid science with bible based natural law to assess, improve and restore good physical, mental and spiritual health. The focus of IHSM is not on disease and treatment of disease, but on analyzing the genesis of poor health and utilizing the natural law, inclusive of physical, mental and spiritual insights for health from scripture and traditions derived from indigenous clerical medicine to bring about healing. IHSM is not intended to focus on disease or treatment of disease, and avoids any techniques and substances that would interfere with the natural order.

We believe that the majority of disease has spiritual roots and see our role as supporting a vital, functional life as nature (spirit) intended. IHSM includes but is not limited by the following:  Ministerial/ Clerical/ Pastoral/ Medicine person or Elder practiced Therapeutics, Ministerial/ Clerical/ Pastoral/ Medicine person or Elder practiced Counseling, Ministerial/ Clerical/ Pastoral/ Medicine person or Elder practiced Clinical Natural Medicine or Ministerial/ Clerical/ Pastoral/ Medicine person or Elder practiced Traditional Monastic-Naturopathy and or Traditional Monastic Nature Cure. The goal of these programs is to establish a basis for professional IHSM medical standards and licensing (Tribal Authorization), supporting the fullest scope of practice in spiritually based therapeutics for mind, body and spirit.

NAIC Tribal Org. Spiritually based healthcare, therapeutics include and are not limited to Nutritional Counseling, Clerical Physical and or Manual Therapy (Chirothesia), Psychological/ Emotional Therapy, Counseling for Mental Well Being, the use of traditional Native American and Indigenous ritual/ ceremony and sacrament for total well being (NAIC), Non-invasive standardized evaluation and assessment, Clia-Waived testing and assessment protocols, Multi-modality therapeutic approaches using any natural energies, ceremonies/ rituals/ meditations/ prayers/ Puja, sacraments or substances that spirit and nature have provided. Our healing sacrament and apothecary and or “Medicine Chest” is intended to heal those of the sick and the infirm using natural agents and products such as foods, soups, herbs, teas, salts, oils, fats, and water; certain cures and tried traditional remedies; and supernatural agents including spiritual counseling, prayer, divination, worship, fasting, application of sacred waters, sacred salts, sacred foods; herbs, oils, and perfumes. Our goal is to restore the harmony of nature and man and spirit to oneness.

These practices DO NOT include the potentially dangerous use of invasive techniques and toxic drugs that are restricted or access controlled by Federal or State statute and or the province of licensed medicine.

Important, Please Note: Although we believe in the rights of Native Americans/ Native American Church/ Native American Tribal Organizations to us particular sacraments which are at this time federally regulated such as Peyote and Ayuhuasca these sacraments are still in controversy and subject to erratic policy, interpretation and enforcement. Therefor until the matter is settled and all of our members able to be in compliance with both traditional rules and modern interpretation of the relevant statute, we, NAIC Tribal Org., Independent and free church organization and our subsidiaries, do not possess, use or distribute any federally regulated substances of any kind whosoever, unless located in a state and or authorized under existing DEA compliance rules where the right has been clearly and legally established. Nor do we use any controlled substances in any of our NAIC Tribal Org. ceremony, practice or medicine unless approved by DEA and or State of residence to do so. Nor do we promote or allow any non members or the public to participate in NAIC Tribal Org. Ceremonies. All NAIC Tribal Org. Ceremonies are for NAIC Tribal Org. members only. There are literally 10’s of thousands of sacred herbs and substances which are not controversial nor subject to any governmental authority that we can safely and wisely use.

5. We proclaim the freedom to choose and perform for ourselves the types of sacred healthcare, guidance, counseling/ healing and well being making modalities that we think best for achieving and maintaining optimum wellness equilibrium’s, internal and external,  of our minds, emotions, spirits and bodies. We proclaim and reserve the right to include health maintenance and support options that include but are not limited to cutting edge modalities practiced or used by any types of indigenous ministers and healers, counselors, therapist or practitioners the world over whether traditional or nontraditional, conventional or unconventional. We believe and it is our sincere and firmly held conviction that it is a Human Right, given to us by the creator to have access to and to be able to practice healing for ones self, ones family and the community of fellow human beings. We affirm this right under both US and International conventions such as found in the:  Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) declaration of the United Nations General Assembly (10 December 1948, Palais de Chailot, Paris).

6. More specifically, the mission of our NAIC Tribal Org. Church Member Association is to provide members with the highest level of quality care and the most effective methods of care. NAIC Tribal Org. understands that wellness has many dimensions and strives every day to stay on the leading edge of new products and technology. The church provides advanced products and technologies for assessing a member’s health and provides the most effective care at an affordable fee. More specifically, the church and church members specializes in the recommending, counseling and selling of food and or food based supplements and other products on the wholesale and retail markets and offers electronic instruments to these markets as alternates to medication concerning the modalities of service and benefits to members. NAIC Tribal Org. Authorized therapist, counselors, practitioners, providers and or medicine persons do not diagnose or prescribe for medical or psychological conditions nor claim to prevent, treat, mitigate or cure such conditions.

7. NAIC Tribal Org. will recognize any person (irrespective of race, color, sexual orientation or religion) who is in accordance with these principles and policies as a member, and will provide a medium through which its individual NAIC Tribal Org. members may associate for actuating and bringing to fruition the purposes theretofore declared.

8. Vaccination/ Vaccine Resolution: The Native American Indigenous Church INC (NAIC Tribal Org.)  finds that inquiry from residents and visitors to the NAIC Tribal Org. concerning immunization necessitates an immediate resolution from this Native American Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction, establishing our position in this matter. In making this important decision we shall address the following frequently asked questions;
• Does the NAIC Tribal Org. believe that vaccines are responsible for neurological disorders such as Autism?
• As an Indigenous Tribal and Native American Church jurisdiction, does the NAIC Tribal Org. support immunizations?
As to the former question about whether we believe immunizations cause neurological disorders; we believe that the responsibility of NAIC Tribal Org. members and participant/ believers is to judge a thing first on its sacred, traditional and or scriptural validity, not on its scientific basis. In that regard; we do not find any sacred, indigenous, traditional and or scriptural support for immunizations. It can in fact be argued that multiple teachings and traditions verses speak not only against defiling of the body, as the body is considered to be sacred and “soil”,  but provide spiritual and hygienic instruction that if followed would negate the need for such immunization.

A close an honest review of the historical data surrounding immunization lead a reasonable individual to conclude; that in fact the immunity of populations derived largely from increased awareness of hygiene, the integration of clean healthy living in harmony of the land and not from vaccination (further validation of our traditional teachings and scriptural instruction). From a Pastoral Health Care position the same holds true; the base philosophy of the creator’s natural health care is not to design immunity against man made toxins, but to remove and avoid those toxins that clearly impede  he natural flow of immunity imparted to mankind by the creator spirit and Mother Earth. It therefore follows that the NAIC Tribal Org. has no further responsibility or need to debate the efficacy of immunization. To do so would be akin to doubting the word and wisdom of our ancient traditions and customs brought forward to the present day. It is such unbelief and questioning of the creators wisdom and instruction that set man on the path to separation from all that holy, sacred and of integrity with oneness with all our relations.

NAIC Tribal Org. must and does therefore hold the sincere religious belief that vaccines in any form are abhorrent to nature, spirit and the creator, counter to sacred teachings and beliefs passed on through our oral and ceremonial traditions as well as scripture and should be refused by believers. The authority and privilege of this NAIC Tribal Org. ecclesiastical jurisdiction to refuse vaccination extends to all members and Communicants who have expressed their choice to refuse vaccination for their families by having completed and filed the required form with the NAIC Tribal Org. office. Additionally we recognize the value of non-invasive Homeopathic vaccinations as substitute for any contaminated, adulterated and or dangerous conventional vaccination. Adopted this third Day of March 2014 under the signature of the Chairman, and Directors, Medicine Elders

9. In furtherance of NAIC Inc Tribal Org. Educational Mission we establish the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine (SCNM),  The Thai Yoga Center and SomaVeda® On-Line as extensions and seminaries of NAIC, to provide quality education in the spiritual and traditional principles, practices, therapies, counseling competencies necessary to administer our work and mission for a suffering world. SCNM will administer all Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs and is authorized to issue all such certificates, diploma and Degree including but not limited to Associates in Sacred Arts, Bachelor of Sacred Science, Bachelor of Applied Sacred Science Massage TherapyBachelor of Applied Sacred Science Yoga Therapy and Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine. We also empower SCNM to make any and all educational affiliations with other like minded Tribal bodies, organizations, associations, churches, schools and institutions as may support the breadth and competency of our educational programs. Graduates of NAIC SCNM/ Thai Yoga Center programs will be empowered by their education and duly recognized by NAIC with awards and confirmations of registry, commission, authority, ordination and or licentiate to practice Tribal Health Care as deemed appropriate by the church. NAIC Tribal Org. Ordained Ministers and Independent Branch Elders are required to complete a course of study and seminary to educate and prepare them for their duties and responsibilities as NAIC Tribal Org. Ordained Ministers representing Indigenous and Traditional NAIC teachings and ceremony.

10. Edification: We believe the Home Cell is the basic building block of the church. It is, in fact, a mini-church. In a home-cell, edification takes place as NAIC Tribal Org. members care for one another, using spiritual gifts and support systems.  A Home cell is a group of two or more NAIC Tribal Org. Members who form the basis of a functioning spiritual community, where members gather around in the presence of Spirit, Mother Earth and God, support one another as a family, reach out in service, share and exchange healing, ceremony, religious services, sacrament and sacred duties both for themselves and for the suffering world as well as mentor, educate and support new members, healers, practitioner/ providers, teachers and leaders. The ultimate goal of the Home Cell is to multiply it’s self as the tribal organization expands and grows from generation to generation. We define the edification process: To honor the spirit within us, to buildup that spirit within and with out, to serve the spirit within each sacred person, to bring healing and medicine to all as our legacy, cultural heritage, and imperative. To learn the way of sacred nature and accept the wisdom of nature communicated to us directly in ceremony, ritual and the sacred practices we have been given.

11. Clergy/ Penitent Privilege (Medicine Person/ Patient): Under church doctrine, a confession included an expectation of confidentiality. We emphasize the need to maintain confidentiality as to matters shared in church cells.  We expected confessions to remain confidential as a matter of church doctrine as evidenced by both our established doctrine, member agreements and waiver / consent forms. This confidentiality is absolutely necessary in furtherance of our faith and being able to expose, explore and mediate the root causes of all illnesses and conditions which we believe to be factors in both generating and in maintaining a condition of optimal health, and wellness of Spirit , mind and body.

Pastoral, ministerial, clergy, medicine person Confidentiality is an ethical and legal responsibility: http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/201002/ejonline_201002_Pastor_Confid_.cfm

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

We understand that the fellow members of the NAIC Tribal Org. that provide education and care do so in the capacity of a fellow member and not in the capacity as a secular or state licensed health care provider. We further understand that within the church association no doctor-patient relationship exists but only a private, ecclesiastical/ confessional/ communicant, (Priest-penitent Privilege) privileged member to member religious organization and relationship.

In addition, We have freely chosen to change our legal status as a public person or patient to a private member of the NAIC Tribal Org., native, branch indigenous peoples religious organization) in order to receive, practice and exchange services with other members.

We further understand that it is entirely our own responsibility to consider the advice and recommendations offered to us by my fellow ONACS Tribal Org. members and to educate ourselves as to the efficacy, risks, and desirability of same and the acceptance of the offered or recommended program,care and products is our own carefully considered decision. Any request by us to a fellow member to assist us or provide us with the aforementioned care is our own free decision in an exercise of our rights and made by us for our benefit and We agree to hold the Director(s), Ministers, Healers, however they are titled, staff and other worker members and the NAIC Tribal Org. harmless from any unintentional liability for the results of such care, except for harm that results from instances of a clear and present danger of substantive malicious intent as determined by the NAIC Tribal Org., as stated and defined by the United States Supreme Court. Members have the right to choose whomever within the NAIC Tribal Org. Health Care Member Association is best qualified for their particular wellness and or healing need and practice.

In addition, We understand that since the NAIC Tribal Org. is protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, it is outside the jurisdiction and authority of Federal and State Agencies and Authorities concerning any and all complaints or grievances against the NAIC Tribal Org., any Director(s), members or other staff persons. All rights of complaints or grievances will be settled by an NAIC Tribal Org. Committee of Elders/ Ministers and will be waived by the member for the benefit of  NAIC Tribal Org. and its members. Privacy and security of church membership records maintained within the NAIC Tribal Org. and all religious organizations have been held to be inviolate by the U.S. Supreme Court. We agree that violation of any waivers in this membership contract will result in a no contest legal proceeding against me. In addition, the NAIC Tribal Org. does not participate in any medical insurance plans or collections on behalf of the member.

I/ We agree to join the NAIC Tribal Org., a private religious/ church, an expressive private association membership organization/ association under common law, a Tribal Organization whose members seek  to help each other achieve better health and live longer with good quality of life through principles of Indigenous, Traditional and Native American Medicine, Chirothesia, healing and wellness practices and traditions, as well as indigenous traditional therapies such as, but not limited to Native, Indigenous and or Tribal, Ayurveda, Lomi Lomi, Hilot/ Ablon, SomaVeda®, Thai Yoga and/or Thai Massage as well as any other natural, non-invasive, Mother Earth Based, holistic art and science for healing approved for use within the NAIC Tribal Org.. Sacred ideas, medicine systems and way of life brought to us by our elders, divine inspiration and vision are elegant, practical and evolving solutions for suffering, pain and lack of connection which separate us from the knowledge of healing, true medicine and a good relationship to our Mother Earth and all living things.

We understand that the providers who are fellow members of the NAIC Tribal Org. are offering I/ me health care, advice, services, and benefits that do not necessarily conform to conventional medical care and or secular standards of care. I do not expect these benefits to include on-call coverage, hospital care, or the usual and customary care provided by most physicians. We will receive such primary and specialist care elsewhere. We fully understand that the benefits we receive from NAIC Tribal Org. are probably not covered by my health insurance and not at all by Medicare.

As a member, I/ we accept the goals of helping my body function better and choosing techniques that are both very safe and have a reasonably good chance to succeed, realizing that no evaluation technique or remedy is foolproof. If we choose to forgo drugs, surgery, or radiation that has been recommended to me by others, we fully accept the risk that we might suffer serious consequences from that choice. Other aspects of disclosure and informed consent will take place in our private discussions with the providers and our fellow members of the NAIC Tribal Org.. Our activities within the NAIC Tribal Org. are a private religious matter and practice of participation that we refuse to share with the State Medical Board, the FDA, Medicare, Medicaid or my own insurance company without our expressed specific permission. All records and documents remain as property of the Association, even if we receive a copy of them. We fully agree not to file a malpractice lawsuit against a fellow member of the Association, unless that member has exposed us to a clear and present danger of substantive evil. We acknowledge that the members of the NAIC Tribal Org. are not required to and do not carry malpractice insurance.

We enter into this agreement of our own free will or on behalf of my dependent without any pressure or promise of cure. We affirm that we do not represent any state or federal agency whose purpose is to regulate the practice of medicine. we have read and understood this document, and my questions have been answered fully to my satisfaction. We understand that we can withdraw from this agreement and terminate our membership in this organization at any time. These pages, and Article I of the Articles of Association of the Association, Mission StatementThe Code of Ethics and specific membership rules for each and every individual level being applied for, consist of the entire agreement for our membership in the Tribal Org. and Health Care Association, and they supersede any previous agreement.

We understand that the membership fee entitles me to receive those benefits declared by the association director(s) to be “general benefits” free of further charge. We agree to pay all fees for services, exchanges or courses as agreed upon ourselves and any Student/ Practitioner/ Therapists/Counselor/Teacher level members we choose to make agreements with. We have paid membership donations appropriate to our level of membership as consideration for our membership contract, said term beginning with the date of the signing of our membership agreement, subject to annual renewal, and by these presents do hereby certify, attest and warrant that we have carefully read the above and foregoing NAIC Tribal Org. Articles for the Organization, and fully understand and agree with same.