Disassociation from Sugarleaf Organization and Branch

Disassociation from Sugarleaf Organization and Branch

Once in a great while, we have to take disciplinary action when we become aware that members or branches are in repeated violation of the Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct or their agreements with Oklevueha and show no effort to correct the problems. We generally do this in private, and we give them a chance to come into walking in the right way and making things right with the people they have hurt or wronged. It is extremely rare that we will make these actions public, but we find we must do so at this time because of the public nature of some of the offenses involved. Below is the letter sent to two of our former Branch Leaders that were in charge of the Sugarleaf Branch. They also were running at the same time a Rastafarian Church they also called Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church. They did not have any members of Oklevueha that we are aware of in either of these organizations outside of their leadership. Below is the text of the letter we sadly had to send them over this past weekend.

To: Heidi Grossman Lepp & Charles Edward Lepp

From: Oklevueha Native American Church

RE: Official Letter of Cease and Desist, Distrust and Separation

To Heidi and Eddie Lepp,

We the Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC) have extended you our trust and privileges. We believed in your representation that you were devoted to ONAC’s Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct and to the Indigenous Native American’s Culture and principles. However, it is with much disappointment that we have to issue you this Official Letter of Cease and Desist, Distrust and Separation due to your repeated harmful actions and dishonest statements regarding the church and our members. Understand that your misconduct has occurred in the public eye and is in direct violation of the Church’s Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct. We have documented multiple instances where your actions were in complete and direct opposition to the church’s “Codes” and have led to unwanted and wholly unsanctioned legal challenges to the Church and our members. We have bestowed on you sacred responsibilities within the Church because we believed in your professed integrity, sincerity and dedication to our principles. However, it is now evident to the Church that your only commitment is to financial gain and power. You have conferred titles and power upon yourselves without consent from the Church.

Due to the unique way that ONAC was formed and due to the principals on that formation any branches created under the Mother Church must abide by those sacred rules. Any and all branches and professed schisms that carry the ONAC name must abide by these principals or cease immediate use of the trademarked name and logo.

WE ARE HEREBY REVOKING all titles and responsibilities therefrom. Your branches and any affiliates are suspended from O.N.A.C. Any members that were processed correctly and are on our rolls will be able to continue as members if they so choose. No other members will be processed from your branches and any individuals that desire to be part of ONAC will have to contact us and go through the normal process of joining with us.

This revocation is effective immediately. You are not to present yourself as Church Elders, Branch Leaders or Medicine Persons associated in any way with O.N.A.C. You are to cease and desist from using the Church’s name, symbol and proprietary materials. You are also to immediately remove the ONAC name from all filed legal actions with all Federal, State and local courts. Because of the public nature of your transgressions, we will post the revocation of your status. We will also distribute this letter to those who may have been affected, harmed or misled by your false claims and self-serving actions. It is specifically to be noted that ONAC of
Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church is not part of Oklevueha Native American Church. At the present time and throughout history, Rastafarianism has been a separate church organization and not affiliated with ONAC or any Native American Church that we know of.

We hope that you will examine your life and come to walking in the right way, not because it will benefit us in any way, but because it will bring peace to your spirit and to those you deal with. This action was voted on with a unanimous decision by the entire leadership of the Oklevueha Native American Church.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

__________________________________________________ Date: 07/29/2017
Gary Tom
Co-Founder and Head of Council of Elders
Oklevueha Native American Church

 

 

__________________________________________________ Date: 07/29/2017
Linda ‘Bright Hawk” Mooney
Co-Founder
Oklevueha Native American Church

 

 

__________________________________________________ Date: 07/29/2017
James “Flaming Eagle” Mooney
Co-Founder and President
Oklevueha Native American Church