THE RACIST WAR AGAINST THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH
By James Warren “Flaming Eagle” Mooney
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
“Like the miner’s canary, the Indian marks the shifts from fresh air to poison gas in our political atmosphere: and our treatment of Indians, even more than our treatment of other minorities, reflects the rise and fall in our democratic faith” Felix S. Cohen
The Genealogy of James Warren ‘Flaming Eagle’ Mooney (James) shows he is an American Native Black Seminole, and a bloodline descendant of Seminole Medicine Man and War Chief Osceola (1804 –1838) and his escaped African American slave wife (Name, date of birth and death unknown). James is also the namesake and bloodline descendant of one James Mooney (02/10/1861 – 12/22/1921), Irish-Scottish son of Irish Catholic immigrants, and American born U.S. Citizen. James Mooney was employed as an Ethnologist at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. (1885 – 1921). Here is an account of three men that did everything in their power to assist the indigenous peoples and preserve their ancient spiritual ceremonies. Without their efforts, it is possible that the American Native spiritual ceremonies and peoples of North America may not have survived the repeated atrocities perpetrated or supported by misguided influences upon the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and more recently in conjunction with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), for more than 100 years.
Osceola (Billy Powell), Medicine Man and War Chief (1804-1838) was an influential Seminole leader who fought the United States to a standstill in the Florida Everglades during the second Seminole War, also known as the Florida War of 1835. James’s ancestral family fought the U.S. military in an attempt to stop the expulsion of our First Nations people from their ancestral homeland. They strongly resisted efforts to bring about the deliberate annihilation of their indigenous earth based religious culture.
In 1918, James’s forefather James Mooney fought a war of words before Congress, successfully halting the passage of a Peyote law that was designed to make illegal the entire American Native way of life. Pointedly, the dominant Christian religious mainstream sought to end our earth-based ceremonies and healing and empowerment rites, supplanting these traditions with those imported from across the seas. More recently, the efforts to deny constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom have been promoted and enforced by a federal agency known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). James’s great grandfather’s successful defense of our sacrament before Congress was a first step in a long journey to restore and maintain our ancient religious heritage. Later in that same year, he persuaded a group of Oklahoma American Native Spiritual leaders, gathered by Frank Eagle (Ponca Tribe), and wrote the by-laws that incorporated the first United States Native American Church (est. El Reno, Oklahoma, 1918). He astutely sought to use the laws of the insurgent intruders to protect the sacred use of the Native American Church’s indigenous religious ceremonies. Sadly, establishment of the Native American Church has, until recently, only provided nominal legal protection for the rights of its members.
James Mooney understood the relentless nature of the illegal and immoral political maneuvers designed to outlaw the First Nation’s entire earth-honoring religion. He foresaw the overwhelming influences of zealot religious ministries from a variety of churches, conspiring with greedy business owners seeking profits at any cost. These political factions have continued for decades to persuade the BIA to attempt to outlaw many practices of the Native American Church, supplanting our religious ceremonies with ‘modern’ alternatives that, in some cases, violate the very spirit of our understanding and our way of life.
As James Mooney predicted, our indigenous religious culture would endure decades of anti-American Native spiritual edicts and activities, enacted and propagated by the BIA. This agency has repeatedly conspired with the entire United States Judicial system, including but not exclusive to the United States Attorney General’s Office, through State, County and City Attorney’s offices, in an orchestrated effort to continue to deny the civil liberties of America’s First Nations.
This hierarchy has acted and conspired to deny our religious indigenous culture the ability to practice healing and empowering spiritual ceremonies and rites honoring our ancient Mother Earth and Father Sky. Ninety-four years ago, James’s great-grandfather planted the seed for our legal victories and, like a giant Cypress tree, it has grown to a force to be reckoned with as of 2014. James ‘Flaming Eagle’ Mooney founded Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC) in 1987. ONAC has chartered over 160 independent branches throughout the United States, as well as being qualified to practice its ceremonies on U.S. Military bases and a variety of Veteran Administration Hospitals throughout the United States, and on civilian lands in more than five other countries.
Oklevueha in the Seminole language means ‘the unstoppable river’, and we are delivering this truth. With deep roots provided by James’s elders, and the power of modern technology, we are now able to fulfill our dream of preserving these ancient ceremonies for future generations.
ONAC has successfully stood up against the state of Utah (Utah Supreme Court Ruling) and the United States governments judicial systems that exposed the Indigenous American Native Ceremonies rights and protections that is clearly outlined in its U.S. Constitution, First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.
ONAC (Federal Employer ID # 841402813) is a federally recognized Native American Church branching from and authorized by the federally recognized Rosebud Reservation. Our treatise in the Oklevueha Band Indian Colony-Alabama Tribal Community is unique in that we worship with a racially open-door’ policy, which allows Americans of all ethnicities to take part in our cultural heritage which spans more than a thousand-years. We have authority, both legal and tribal to practice these ceremonies off Federal Indian Reservation lands as well as on the reservation. In 2012, our earth’s ecology and resources are being misused and damaged almost beyond the point of return to balance. ONAC’s religious ceremonies and teachings, our respect for the land and waters, plants and animals, sky and Great Spirit is a much needed boon to people of all races who are starved for practices which honor all of Mother Earth, and Her gifts, under the blessings of Father Sky.
Our spiritual leaders, teachers, shamans, custodians, healers and guides continue to be arrested and their sacred ground desecrated in armed SWAT raids by local authorities. Many are being falsely prosecuted and face prison time if convicted for following their sincere religious beliefs. In all of these illegal actions, federal and state law enforcement officials do not have evidence which meets the ‘governments compelling interest standard’ wherein there is potential harm to life or property. Public safety is not an issue. Subsidiary city and county governments, in spite of our hard-won federal and state recognition, have continued centuries-old military-style assaults on and seizures of sacred spaces, sacraments, and the arrest of our spiritual leaders.
Even with the Utah Supreme Court unanimous ruling and a Federal investigation that validated the authenticity of ONAC and of James’s heritage in the State of Utah, the BIA and NARF (DEA AND NARF CONSPIRACY TO DEPRIVE THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH OF ITS CIVIL LIBERTIES) influenced the State of Utah legislators to enact a Bill of Attainder law with the specific intent to deny the civil liberties of ONAC and its members within Utah.
The time has come to end this racist war against the American Native Spirituality for the sake of our children’s children, our future, and our nation’s moral stature throughout the world. Your support of the ONAC independent branches can be made manifest by informing your local political and law enforcement authorities of this truth: “Like the miner’s canary, the Indian marks the shifts from fresh air to poison gas in our political atmosphere: and our treatment of Indians, even more than our treatment of other minorities, reflects the rise and fall in our democratic faith” Felix S. Cohen
Read other articles, Court Rulings and Statutes concerning ONAC Legal Rights: The Racist War Against The Native American Church, THE LONG HISTORY OF THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS (BIA) ATTEMPT TO ERADICATE THE AMERICAN NATIVE CULTURE (Chapter 8 of Peyote Religion concerning ONAC Legal Rights:), Motion to Dismiss Accepted, due to ripeness – ONAC Hawaii, Motion to Dismiss – State of Utah v. Jeff “Standing Tall” Gardner ONAC of Huntington, United States v. Quincy Christensen REFUSED TO PROSECUTE, OKLEVUEHA NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH OF HAWAII SUES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Clergy Exemption from Licensing, Federal Law overseeing and protecting Oklevueha Native American Church Medicine Men and Women, UNITED STATES CODE TITLE 25 – National Indian Child Welfare Act and Consequences for Violating the Civil Liberties of an Oklevueha Native American Church Member.