Our Mission and Responsibility
- OUR MISSION is to enlighten, encourage and empower the spirituality and somatic benefits of the sacred, earth-based- healing traditions and ceremonies of the indigenous American natives for the benefit of all indigenous to our Mother Earth.
· OUR VISION is for all to understand and benefit from the amazing and natural power of Mother Earth and Father Sky, ensuring sustainability for future generations by educating, celebrating and responsibly practicing ancient healing traditions of the human race.
· Our primary sacrament and medicine is, and always has been Peyotè.
· ONAC does NOT believe in mixing medicines in ceremony but does have a deep and genuine respect for the medicinal bounty that Mother Earth provides for her children and embraces all earth-based medicines in our doctrine, regardless of other NAC religious practices.
Since its inception, Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC), has come under the scrutiny of the federal and local government officials and authorities, other Native American Churches, Native tribal councils as well as our members. The authenticity and standing of ONAC as a valid Native American Church have been verified by a number of court decisions over the years. In spite of this, scrutiny has continued (and will likely continue) as a result of a blatant and intentional misunderstanding of ONAC’s intent and standing by some, or because of a casual indifference to the facts by others. There are those among all the above groups who have honest differences of opinion with us. Sadly though, some are intentionally ignoring the facts or seek to cause confusion or fear among our members and those looking into our organization. Unfortunately, the latter seem to have become more prevalent recently, because of inaccurate, dishonest and malicious publications from individuals ONAC once called family. It has been, and will continue to be, the position of the church to refrain from responding in kind, thus perpetuating and exacerbating the unnecessary and unwelcome drama that these incorrect statements create. Instead, we work to reach out directly and privately to attempt to resolve the root of any issue with anyone involved.
Unfortunately for ONAC, the magnitude of recent malicious and slanderous publications and false accusations has reached a point that even ONAC cannot take a silent defense.
We remind all of the basic statements of mission, vision and purpose above. Despite what seems to be popular opinion, ONAC is a meagerly resourced church, currently receiving little to no monetary contributions from any branch. In spite of ONACs limited finances, ONAC has on numerous occasions provided considerably large amounts (given the financial standing of the church) of monetary support for the protection of the constitutional rights of our members.
ONAC has been a simply operated organization with what we recently realized has been an overly abundant amount of freedom for the branches to operate as they saw fit. We also realize there has been a lack of appropriate guidance and correction when needed for those branches. This has allowed some of those branches to move and act in directions counter to our values and instruction. ONAC’s intention is to provide a renewed emphasis on guidance and correction for those whose intentions are good, and to counter the results of the bad intentions, greed and ill-will of some individuals. We believe that these efforts will create a positive result of strengthening and fortifying the ONAC family and repairing and rebuilding the integrity and honor of ONAC. We are committed to doing this by better understanding and implementing the important direction and responsibility of the Mother Church to establish and provide guidance and spiritual and operational support to its branches and members.
Our commitment in this effort is to:
- Provide guidance and support in the protection of the integrity, intent and sovereign rights of the Mother Church, its branches and its cultivation centers.
- Establish, monitor and ensure compliance with ONAC operational policies and procedures (including training, communications and continuous improvement).
- Seek to foster and nurture every opportunity to unite Native American churches and people in the stand for the freedom to practice and share in the healing powers of earth-based- medicine (sacraments) and empower all that subscribe to and believe in Native American traditions.
- Encourage and empower the ONAC community of branch and cultivation center leadership teams
- Develop curriculum and establish programs for the training and official recognition of medicine men and women
- Continue to maintain accurate member records
- Manage ONAC website and social media content.
Develop, manage and maintain the centralized operations systems (i.e. ONAC member apps, database, etc.)
In closing, given the current political state of the world, ONAC is a firm believer in embracing the responsibility and uniting with all that share the same goal of being effective stewards in the protection of Mother Earth, honoring her, our hearths and our homes. If we want to heal the world, we must heal nations. To heal nations, we must heal communities. To heal communities we must heal individuals and families. That is the work we are engaged in. Anyone who puts personal power or profit ahead of that intention is not well-suited to be part of our work.