NAIC Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics Native American Indigenous Church

Code of Ethics: Section One – Native American Indigenous Church accepts peyote as central to our established religious belief – Additionally, the natural products of Mother Earth and Great Nature including all natural bounty of herbs and plants, the mineral kingdom, elements of fire, earth, water and air including but not limited to Peyote are the significant Indigenous Earth-Based Healing Sacrament (Eucharist) for this church.

The names for Spiritual Leaders (Clergy, Medicine Man/Woman) of Native American Indigenous Church are known by a variety of sacred callings: Therapist, Practitioner, Counselor, Chasta, Curandera, Elder, Mara’akame, Roadman, Sacred Prayer Pipe Carrier, Water Pourer, Minister, Clergy etc.; those who are experienced in some American Native Spiritual practices and who act to facilitate the spiritual practices of others. A Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC) Medicine Person, Minister, Clergy, Counselor, Practitioner and or Therapist need not claim exclusive or definitive knowledge of his or her practice , since wisdom and competencies are frequently developed over years of observation and experience.

Even though Native American Indigenous Church’s primary purpose is to practice Native American religion and philosophy and way of life as well as to administer Sacramental Ceremonies, an Native American Indigenous Church Medicine Person, Minister, Clergy, Therapist, Counselor or Practitioner is free ‘not’ to administer a sacrament during any particular American Native ceremony.

All Native American Indigenous Church Indigenous Ceremonies of North and South America (Birth, Breath, Holy Anointing (Chirothesia, Laying on of Hands, Nature Cure, Energy, Vibrational, Spiritual Healing, SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®, Ayurveda, Thai Yoga, Traditional Thai Massage, healing touch, & Chirothesia (Hands on Spiritual Intervention: i.e. Laying on of Hands as a divine or sacradotal duty) for healing, Natural Medicine and Traditional Naturopathy) *, Marriage, Passing Over, Prayer Pipe, Sacrament**, Spirit Dance, Sun Dance, Sweat Lodge, and Vision Quest, but especially Birth, Sun Dance, Sweat Lodge, and Vision Quest) may carry extreme mental, emotional and physical transformations.  Therefore, when a member and/or Authorized Participant choose to participate in any American Native Ceremony with the assistance of an Native American Indigenous Church Medicine person, both take on special responsibilities and understandings:

1) Respect: Native American Indigenous Church Independent Branch/ Auxiliary Medicine People and authorized Traditional Medicine and Healing Arts Ministers/ Providers are to practice and serve in ways that cultivate awareness, empathy, and wisdom for all Members and Authorized Participants, during any healing work, treatment, counseling and or ceremonies.

2) Preparation and Safety: Native American Indigenous Church Authorized Participants will adhere and comply to all directorial appeals one-hour prior, during, and three hours after ceremony, being conducted by an Native American Indigenous Church Medicine Person.

3)  Inspiration and Change: Native American Indigenous Church Spiritual Practices are inspired and conducted in ways that respect the common good, with due regard for public safety, health, and order.
a. Often, the increased awareness gained from American Native Spiritual ceremonies will catalyze a desire for personal and social change in a Member, Authorized Participant’s, life.  In most cases, these changes should only be made after deep introspection and consideration as to how they will affect the other beings connected to the participant. Medicine People shall use special care in assisting the direction of energies of those whom they serve, as well as their own energies, in responsible ways that reflect a loving and respectful regard for all life.
b. Medicine People shall use special care in assisting the direction of energies of those whom they serve, as well as their own energies, in responsible ways that reflect a loving and respectful regard for all life.

4) Consent of Participant: The autonomy and dignity of each Member and/or Authorized Participant are respected and preserved by Native American Indigenous Church Medicine People.  Participation in any Native American Indigenous Church spiritual therapy, counseling, healing program and or ceremony must be voluntary and based on prior disclosure and consent given by each participant while in an ordinary state of consciousness.

a. Existing Conditions: Disclosure shall include, at a minimum, discussion of any elements of the ceremony that could reasonably be seen as presenting physical or psychological risks. In particular, first time Authorized Participants must be advised that American Native Ceremonies can be difficult and dramatically transforming
 b. Watchfulness: Health and Safety during the ceremony and the few hours of vulnerability that may follow a ceremony are watched over carefully with reasonable preparations by the Medicine People.
c. Limitations: Limits on the behaviors of Members and Authorized Participants Medicine People are to be made clear and agreed upon in advance of any American Native Ceremony.
d. Confidentiality and Customs: Cultural / religious customs and confidentiality are to be accepted and honored.
e. Other Approaches: NAIC respects all empowerment and healing modalities; Indigenous Spiritual Ceremonies, allopathic medicine, Monastic and or Traditional Nature Cure (Naturopathic/ Monastic) medicine. NAIC Honor’s the fundamental Hippocratic principle of Do No Harm to the Spiritual, Emotional and/or Physical Being of any of our Earthly relations. It recognizes that each modality is intended to promote the health and well being of the participant. It believes that all forms of care can be incorporated into empowerment and/or healing for all of our relations, in a complementary manner. Fundamentally we believe that healing is in the province of spirit and as medicine persons we are representatives of spirit when engaging in any medicine

5) Inclusiveness: Native American Indigenous Church ceremonies are to be conducted in the spirit of service.  Medicine People accommodate Members, Authorized Participants without regard to race, religious affiliations, gender, cultural background, financial status, and/or political affiliations.

6) Vulnerability: Native American Indigenous Church Medicine People are aware during ceremony and or healing, Indian Health Care services that Members and Authorized Participants may be especially open to suggestion. Medicine People pledge to protect participants and not to allow anyone to use that  vulnerability in ways that harm themselves or others.

7) Empowerment and Salvation: Native American Indigenous Church Branch make absolutely no claims about being in authority or having the ability to conduct saving ordinances.

8) International Coalition: Native American Indigenous Church is part of an Indigenous Spiritual Earth Based Healing and Empowering International Collective that serves individuals and the wider community when and wherever an NAIC member may reside in. Native American Indigenous Church is an Authorized Free Church and Integrated Auxiliary of the Priory of Saving Grace, A Florida State Chartered Not for profit Church and UN (DESA) Registered Indigenous Peoples Organization, and works within the wider community of Native and Indigenous fellowships both on and off reservations.

9) Attraction, Not Advertising: Native American Indigenous Church is committed to growth through attraction of service and exemplary right living according to principles of “The Red Way”  rather than proselytizing for membership.

10) Abuse Not Protected: Native American Indigenous Church does not condone in any manner shape or form the physical and/or sexual abuse of women/ children, any exploitation of women/ children in any inappropriate sexual or physically abusive form, in person or by any other means or of any person or other earthly beings. This is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy. Any violation will be grounds for immediate recension and revocation on NAIC membership and authorizations without further notice.

11) Sacraments Under Direction Of Medicine People: Native American Indigenous Church believes any substance admitted into the body may be considered to be a sacrament and has the potential to be harmful if inappropriately used. The Native American Indigenous Church does not approve of the utilization of any sacrament in a manner that would be likely to cause harm to one’s self or to others. “Controlled” and or “Contentious” substances must be used under the direction of authorized medicine people to be legally protected.

Code of Ethics: Section Two – Authorized Medicine persons, Counselors, Therapists and Healers, Participant, Basic, Full and Commissioned and/or Licenciate Traditional Medicine Providers as recognized within the NAIC system:

1. Social/Ecological Concern: Members recognize their intrinsic involvement in the total community of life on the planet Earth. Members recognize the sacredness and relatedness of all living beings and the Earth, the environment that gives life and sustains them.

2. Right Conduct: NAIC members conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner, they perform only those services for which they are qualified and represent their calling, education, certification, professional affiliations and other qualifications honestly. NAIC Members also agree to honestly represent their level of recognition according to NAIC guidelines in all advertising media, web sites, etc. They do not in any way profess to practice medicine or psychotherapy, unless licensed by their state or country to do so. NAIC members who are either giving and or receiving healing programs, sessions and services between themselves agree to abide by the NAIC Membership Agreements, APMA, Rules, Procedures and Guidelines as established by NAIC Board of Directors and Elders.

3. Health History and Referrals: NAIC members keep accurate client records, including profiles of the body mind health history. They discuss any problem areas that may contraindicate the use of approved procedures and techniques, and refer their clients to appropriate medical or psychological help. Just because we practice Native, Natural and Indigenous Medicine and Healing practices and Ceremonies does not imply that we do not respect the practice of secular medicine.

4. Professional Appearance: NAIC members and practitioners at all levels pay close attention to cleanliness and professional appearance of self and clothing, of linens and equipment, and the office/ contact environment in general. They endeavor to provide a relaxing atmosphere, giving attention to reasonable scheduling and clarity about fees.

5. Charging for Ceremony: NAIC Independent Branches never charge for ceremony and or sacrament. Any and all fees/ donations collected may be for hosting, travel expenses for leaders, housing, meals etc. In plain language, branches can recuperate cost and or expenses to provide services but under no circumstances can you charge for ceremony and or sacrament. No exceptions. It is understood that there may be cost associated with obtaining and making sacrament available to members, however, this is an expense which cannot be directly billed to members.

6. Communication and Confidentiality: NAIC members maintain clear and honest communications with their clients, and keep all client information, whether medical or personal strictly confidential. We maintain a cleric/ ministrant privilege between the healer and the participant/ communicant. The member shall clearly disclose techniques used, appropriately identifying each in the scope of their professional practice.

7. Intention and Trust: NAIC members are encouraged to establish and to maintain trust in the client relationship and to establish clear objectives, boundaries within a safe atmosphere.

8. Respect of Clients: NAIC members respect the client’s physical ,emotional state, and do not abuse clients through inappropriate actions or speech, nor take advantage of the therapeutic relationship. They consider the client’s comfort zone for touch and for degree of pressure, and honor the clients requests as much as possible within personal, professional and ethical limits. They acknowledge the inherent worth and individuality of each person and therefore do not unjustly discriminate against clients or colleagues. (We reiterate item #4 of Code of Ethics: Section One)

8. Respect of Clients: NAIC Branch members respect the client’s physical ,emotional state, and do not abuse clients through inappropriate actions or speech, nor take advantage of the therapeutic relationship. They consider the client’s comfort zone for touch and for degree of pressure, and honor the clients requests as much as possible within personal, professional and ethical limits. They acknowledge the inherent worth and individuality of each person and therefore do not unjustly discriminate against clients or colleagues. (We reiterate item #4 of Code of Ethics: Section One)

9. Practice With Integrity: NAIC members present SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®: Thai Style Healing Arts, Indigenous and Traditional Medicine, Classical Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy in a professional and compassionate manner, representing themselves, their lineage and their practice accurately and ethically. They do not give fraudulent information, nor misrepresent NAIC or themselves to students, participants or clients, nor act in a manner derogatory to the nature and positive intention of NAIC. They conduct their business honestly bringing a good reputation to NAIC and to all the schools. Practitioner members do not give out certificates for which they are not qualified nor give certificates to unqualified persons. Only NAIC Certified Teachers in good standing or above may give or issue certifications according to their level of authorization and recognition.

10. Practice With Courtesy: NAIC members respect the standards set by the various NAIC modalities, and they respect Service mark, Trademark and Copyright Laws. Professional courtesy includes respecting all ethical professionals in speech, writing or otherwise, and communicating clearly with others. They do not take clients from other practitioners. Improper and or prohibited use of our name, logo and or any US Trademarked and or copyrighted materials without our expressed written permission is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate expulsion of all rights and privileges and possible criminal and or civil prosecution.

10. Professional Excellence: NAIC members strive for professional excellence through regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, and by continued education diligent study and training.

Members agree to the above 10 standards of our Code of Ethics as a precondition to their being granted recognition and member status. Any infringement or violation of this ethical code is grounds for immediate suspension and or revocation of member status and all privileges without notice.

Please Note: There are additional additions to NAIC code of Ethics required for Branch Elders.