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New Member Welcome Information

by | Dec 12, 2022

Welcome to Oklevueha Native American Church

(Please read everything very carefully)

Important Information

As a new member of ONAC, there is important information you need to know and follow to keep you protected and in good standing with the church. Our main goal is to provide you with safety and healing, and we ask you to fully understand your responsibility in this membership.

Most importantly, please review the Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics. These are strict standards that must be followed in order for you to be protected. You have already agreed to abide by and uphold these codes when you applied to become a member. Please be sure you are familiar with them.

Legal Notice for Law Enforcement

Sacraments – Personal Use Requirements and Limitations

Cultivation Guidelines for ONAC Members

Laws protecting Oklevueha Native American Church

As a member of ONAC, you may attend ceremonies hosted by any organization. Please remember, however, that these other organizations may not have the legal protection you will have with ONAC and our recognized ONAC branches and ONAC Medicine People.

What is Oklevueha?

Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC) is one of the few places where you can exercise all your constitutional rights, not just the freedom of religion. Oklevueha NAC is an earth-based healing belief system. It is not in conflict with other religions, as we have no prescribed doctrine.

We do not discriminate against any race, belief, sexual orientation, social standing, lifestyles, or any other positions society may deem wrong or inauthentic. All are welcome here.

We believe that the Great Spirit has provided all of creation with the herbs, plants, and ceremonies needed to live peacefully and happily with all our relations.

If you do not have a home branch of Oklevueha, please contact Mother Church at [email protected]. You can ask any questions you may have, find a home branch, or ask for information about ceremonies.

Prior to Ceremony

Before attending your first ONAC ceremony, you will first need to speak with the Medicine Person facilitating the ceremony. They will want to know if you have any underlying health conditions, medications, and any other important information before the ceremony begins.

The Medicine Person will also make sure that ceremonial medicine that they work with is the most aligned medicine for you at that time. ONAC Medicine people are carefully vetted, and all have decades of experience facilitating plant medicine ceremonies and working with others. Spirit will lead them to know what is best for you.

ONAC believes that Creator has given us sacred plant medicine to help us heal and grow in communion with Spirit. The honor, respect, and mindful communion of these medicines will help us develop a relationship with Creator. Any disrespect, such as recreational use, sharing, serving in ceremony, or selling sacred medicines to anyone is not allowed. Doing so removes your legal protection and exposes you to prosecution.

We have detailed information on the website about how much medicine each person can carry on their person to remain legally protected and remain in compliance with ONAC guidelines, policies, and codes.

Some Suggestions:

Healing is a process. It takes time, integration, and patience. We suggest you consider making time each day to be in prayer, meditation, and to really focus on how we are all connected: all life on this planet comes from our Mother Earth. We honor all life on this planet as a gift. We say, “All our Relations!” (mitakuye oyasin) because we are related to all living things.

When you attend ceremony, please be respectful of the instructions you are given. Please never share anything you hear in ceremony from another member and keep all confidences. Ceremony is a sacred space; nothing should be repeated into the community about someone else’s experience and sharing in ceremony.

You are on a wonderful path where you will learn many new things. Some Medicine People will hold ceremony in one way, and the next person quite differently. Be open and know that Creator and Great Spirit is with you as you honor and respect all that you see and hear. Also, remember that the Medicine Person is listening and communicating with Spirit, and knows what is best in the moment.

As a member of ONAC, we ask that you carry yourself in a good way. Please become familiar with the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct on our website, as well as the other important links on this page. We are walking the sacred path of our indigenous ancestors, and respect, honor, and gratitude should lead the way.

Oklevueha’s Mission and Responsibility

OUR MISSION is to enlighten, encourage, and empower all humans with the spirituality and benefits to every aspect of our being with the sacred, earth-based healing traditions and ceremonies of the Native Americans.

OUR VISION is for all to understand and benefit from the gifts of Mother Earth and Father Sky, ensuring sustainability for future generations by educating, celebrating, and responsibly practicing ancient healing traditions. Oklevueha NAC’s primary sacrament is peyote; however we also recognize other sacred healing medicines.

ONAC does not believe in mixing medicines in ceremony. We have a deep and genuine respect for the medicinal bounty Mother Earth has provided for us, and we recognize several earth-based medicines. For additional information about which medicines we serve in Oklevueha, please click here.

Your Legal Rights

Oklevueha NAC is an indigenous Native American earth-based healing belief system, known as the Native American Church. The first NAC was incorporated in 1918. Since that time, many legal precedents have been codified.

The rights and privileges of all ONAC members are protected by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and more clearly outlined in the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2002. You may read more about our legal standing on our website here.

If challenged by law enforcement, please show them your membership card, and show them the information on the back of the card. There is a QR code on the back of your card which will direct the officer to a page on the website where your legal rights are explained, along with law enforcement’s responsibilities towards you. You will want to read the Notice page and familiarize yourself with your legal rights and responsibilities.

Please be respectful and courteous in any discussion with law enforcement, even if you feel they are not respectful of you. Ask for their name and badge number and write it down. For suggestions on how to handle a stop by law enforcement, please read this page.

Possession of a valid ONAC membership card does not protect you from existing traffic laws, including driving while impaired, speeding, or reckless driving.

Please note: Any violation of our Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, or any of ONAC’s guidelines or policies renders you out of compliance with the church, and you forfeit your legal protections.

We are glad you are with us and welcome you to our community. If you have any questions please contact: [email protected].