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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 57. What is the Native American Church?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43172


The Native American Church is a religious organization that was first officially incorporated in Oklahoma in 1918. The church’s charter documents were drafted in response to the United States federal government’s opposition to the spread of the medicinal and religious use of the buttons of the peyote cactus. Seeking protection for their ceremonial use of this sacred plant, they formed the Native American Church.

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  • Lisa Poirier ( - lpoirier) 'DePaul University'