James Mooney, Great Grandfather of James Warren ‘Flaming Eagle’ Mooney


James Mooney

James Mooney, Great Grandfather of James Warren ‘Flaming Eagle’ Mooney had an unassailable desire to understand and record the American native Culture that started in his very early youth.  He came to know the decedents of Osceola’s daughters.  He subsequently became acquainted with many of Osceola’s descendants.  It was reported and later substantiated by DNA testing that at least one daughter, an America Simpson (1853-1910) a descendant of Osceola, was impregnated by 16 -year-old James Mooney.  America Simpson gave birth to my grandfather, James ‘Jamie’ Harvey Mooney, November 10, 1877, at the age of 24. She gave up custody to a relative of James Mooney, Timothy Patrick Mooney and his wife to raise.

James Mooney later, with the aid of other Smithsonian Institute personnel, stood up successfully in congress against the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) who was trying to instigate the Peyote Law that was designed to outlaw the entire American Native Culture.  After successfully defeating this racist and illegal proposed law by the BIA and Secretary of Interior, James Mooney, along with his long time friend (who by then was deceased) Comanche Chief Quanah Parker persuaded Oklahoma American Native Spiritual Leaders to incorporate the Native American Church of Oklahoma, with the intent to give First amendment protection to the indigenous American Native Religion.  James Mooney drafted the by-laws for the Native American Church of Oklahoma that was incorporated in 1918.

For this valiant stand against the federal policy to outlaw the American Native Culture through the failed Peyote Law, the Secretary of Interior issued a ban on the Smithsonian Institute research work denying James Mooney any access to the American Native Culture outside of Washington D.C. Three years later, James Mooney died of a heart attack while still trying to get the ban lifted.