- What are the benefits of becoming Nemenhah?
- What is the purpose of Nemenhah?
- Do I have to attend meetings?
- I have parents. What is meant by Sacred Adoption?
- Is marijuana allowed in Nemenhah ceremonies?
- If I join Nemenhah, to which Indian tribe would I belong?
- I already belong to a church, do I have to denounce that church to become Nemenhah?
- What does it cost to join?
- Is this a dues-paying organization?
- What legal protection can I expect as a Nemenhah Medicine Man or Woman?
- What is expected of each Nemenhah Medicine Man or Woman?
- Can I become a Nemenhah Medicine Man or Woman even if I do not want to “practice medicine”?
- If Natural Healing is of no interest to me at this time, how can I participate as Nemenhah?
- What is Active Voting Status?
- What is required to maintain Active Voting Status?
- Why do I need to maintain Voting Status?
- Where is “Home” for the Nemenhah?
- Do I have to believe in the Christian God to become Nemenhah?
- What are the Mentinah Archives?
- Who is Cloudpiler?
- Will my name change once I become Nemenhah?
- Is there a chapter near me?
- What is a line of authority?
- I have a line of authority in my church. Does the Nemenhah’s replace that?
- What is the Core Curriculum and who is required to complete this?
- What is the University of Nemenhah (UNINEM) and what is the benefit of a degree from the University of Nemenhah compared to other schools?
- Is there a newsletter?
- Can anyone subscribe to the newsletter?
- I abhor smoking. Do I have to smoke during the ceremonies?
- What is the sweat lodge?
- What is a Bona-Fide Healing Ceremony?
- How is competency determined?
- What modalities of healing are considered “natural” to the Nemenhah?
- Will being a Nemenhah Medicine Man or Woman protect me from prosecution?
- Is it possible to be expelled from the Nemenhah?
- I joined a long time ago. How do I know if my status is active or inactive?
- How do I contact Nemenhah?
- Is there any particular protocol I should use when emailing or calling the Nemenhah offices?
- What is the best way to reach the Nemenhah offices?
- What title do I use when addressing other Nemenhah?
- What are the fees for the services of a Nemenhah Medicine Man or Woman?
- As a Nemenhah Medicine Man or Woman what is my obligation to someone if they do not offer a Sacred Giveaway?
- Who should I
contact in the Nemenhah and for what purposes?
Nemenhah Ministers practice Bona-Fide Healing Ceremonies of the Nemenhah Church and in so doing are fully authorized to utilize Sacred Objects and Practices in the Medicine Bundle such as (but not limited to) plants and plant medicines, water, healing devices and tools, stones, energies, the "Laying on of hands" (Bodywork), Wyakin (Personal Revelation, Intuition, Spirit), and earth healing practices such as Permaculture. All this and more as the Establishment and Practice of their Religion.
42 USC § 2000bb–1 states the following:
"(a) In general
Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section.
Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person--
A person whose religious exercise has been burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government. Standing to assert a claim or defense under this section shall be governed by the general rules of standing under article III of the Constitution."
Nemenhah Medicine Men and Women are committed to the use of their knowledge, experience, and training to enhance and further the condition of individuals, families, communities, all of society, and the planet. This is the Five Fold Mission of the Nemenhah.
Nemenhah Medicine Men and Women respect and protect the civil and human rights of others and their freedom of inquiry and spiritual experience. They strive to help the public understand and learn about freedom of health care, informed judgment, self-empowered choice regarding religion, spirit, health, healing, and education. In doing so, they perform many roles including, inter alia, Healer, Teacher, Support Person, Consultant, Interventionist, Spiritual Teacher, Minister, Clergy, and Role Model.
Individual Chapters in the Nemenhah choose the frequency of their own meetings and the Members of each Chapter are dedicated to participate whenever possible. Regular meetings, activities and a roll-call of attending Members are recorded as the Chapter's "Long Count", a report to the President of the Church each year in preparation for the Annual Great Council.
Spiritual Adoption, also referred to as "Making Relations", is an ancient practice found in nearly every indigenous culture across the world and is one strongly utilized by Nemenhah in ancient times. This ordinance is not a form of legal adoption in the conventional sense, but is, rather, a binding covenant to include the individual into the family of the Elder or Medicine Person. In the case of the Nemenhah, Spiritual Adoption is administrated by the Nemenhah Church through the Presiding High Priest of the Order of Lehb (Tehk Tiwehkthihmpt), Phillip "Cloudpiler" Landis. It is into his family that all Nemenhah Ministers formally request to be added.
"Domestic Law identifies certain substances as “illicit drugs” or “street drugs”. These are defined in the Nemenhah Constitution as those substances which the Domestic Law identifies as “illicit” and for which there is a body of extant knowledge proving its dangerous affects, and that it has a quantifiable history of dangerous abuse."
Though marijuana isn't identified specifically here, there can be no denying the extensive recreational abuse of this particular herb across the Continent. Nemenhah ITO does not, therefore, endorse or advocate in any way the recreational use and abuse of this plant.
The Nemenhah Church does not charge for its membership and any funds received by the Church is in the form of Sacred Giveaway Offering, or "Potlatch", an ancient principle that honors the great privilege requested of the Minister. An appropriate Offering (honorable donation) is expected with any Formal Request for Spiritual Adoption and the Church has established that the Suggested amount of $250 covers the time and resources required to facilitate this sacred ordinance. Alternative Giveaway options can be discussed at any time by contacting the Nemenhah Church directly.
Nemenhah Ministers are expected to study the Sahaptan Healing Way to completion, make regular Sacred Giveaway contributions to support the organization- out of their surplus-, retain Voting Status and participate in Chapter Activities and Meetings whenever possible.
Nemenhah Ministers are also required to adhere to the tenets of the Nemenhah Code of Ethical Conduct and the Nemenhah Constitution.
However, in making the covenants outlined in the Formal Request for Spiritual Adoption, you are stating that Natural Healing comprises part of your Spiritual Orientation and/or personal religion.
If an interested party cannot make that attestation, Nemenhah may not be for them.
In 2011, Nemenhah Great Council convened to discuss activity, voting and competency in the Membership, regarding Nemenhah policy and general Defensibility, and a minimum requirement was established. Voting Status entails the ability to represent Nemenhah, hold positions of leadership within the organization and carry a vote on any level of the Nemenhah Council System. It is considered an essential part of the Secular Ministry of Nemenhah.
As mandated by the Delegates of the 2011 Great Council, Active Voting Status requires the following:
Uphold the Covenant to "First Do No Harm."
Diligently study the
Sahaptan Healing Way.
Make regular Sacred Giveaway offerings to the Church, out of one's Surplus.
Chapter gatherings and activities whenever possible, or engage in
Nemenhah Public Oblation and ministry as often as reasonably possible.
Active Voting Status entitles our Ministers to enjoy all the privileges and defensibility our organization has to offer, including- but not restricted to- any and all Council Participation and the ability to represent their Nemenhah Ministry. Without Voting Status, Nemenhah Members are unable to engage in Nemenhah Council System, or hold leadership..
The Ancient Nemenhah were a nomadic people, spreading their influence to various locations across North America, the Pacific Islands and even into Asia during different time periods. Apart from the Ceremonial Grounds near Stockton, Missouri, we carry on the nomadic origins of our Ancestors and embrace many countries as our "Home".
No. Our non-dogma policies and inclusive principles allow for many people of varying faiths to share in the benefits of our organization without fear of judgment or discrimination. We do not dictate the belief systems of any Nemenhah Minister.
These sacred documents, also referred to and previously published as the "Mentinah Archives", and in addition to other records of Indigenous Peoples, are offered and utilized by way of example only. Nemenhah Ministers are not required to accept them as "scripture".
Phillip R. "Cloudpiler" Landis is the President and Presiding High Priest (Tehk Tiwehkthihmpt) of the Nemenhah Church (NACNEM) through which all Spiritual Adoption in the Nemenhah is made possible. It is through NACNEM that Nemenhah Members receive training in their Ministry and the Line of Authority.
Ministers may inquire directly for information regarding Chapter locations. Contact Chief Brian "Bear Standing" Wilkes (email@example.com) for information regarding Chapter locations and the formation and training of new Nemenhah Chapters. Remember, it is the reponsibility of every Nemenhah Minister to participate in Chapter activities and meetings, and, where there is currently no Chapter, to create one.
No. A Nemenhah Minister's activity and participation in other religious institutions is a matter of personal belief system which Nemenhah may not dictate.
Nemenhah Ministers covenant to complete the UCNM. This is the
fundamental training tome and text from which our ministers study the
Sahaptan Healing Way.
What is the University of Nemenhah (UNINEM) and what is the benefit of a degree from UNINEM compared to other schools?
The University of Nemenhah (UNINEM) is an institution of higher education dedicated to the instruction of Nemenhah Ministers in areas of Natural Healing as well as Nemenhah Culture. UNINEM offers Bachelor, Masters and Ph.D degrees in Natural Healing to Nemenhah Ministers.
The University of Nemenhah (UNINEM) provides for the educational needs of Nemenhah Members and Natural Healers in two ways. 1) UNINEM provides a uniform curriculum in the field of Natural Medicine through which the student may obtain a Ministerial Certificate in each of the three Degrees of the Sacred Sahaptan Healing Way of the Nemenhah, or, should they desire to do so, may work to obtain a Missouri Statute Authorized Bachelor's, Masters' and PhD Degrees in Nemenhah Ministerial Studies with emphasis in Natural Healing , 2) For students who have obtained educational credits from other institutions of higher learning, the Standard For Educational Equivalency used by UNINEM allows for transfer of credits from other schools, and even standard degree award, based on education and experience deemed equivalent.
Yes! For periodic updates and messages from our Chiefs, click the link provided on our home page.
Yes! Our newsletter is available to all, but is created to cater to Nemenhah Ministry specifically.
No. Nemenhah Ministers are not required to "smoke" or use sacred "smudge" in ceremony. In certain circumstances where a Council Pipe is offered to each participant in Unipi Ceremony, it is perfectly honorable to courteously decline.
The term "sweat lodge" has been trademarked by practitioners of the Sioux's "Inipi" Ceremony. In the Nemenhah, we do not practice the "Inipi Sweatlodge" of the Sioux, but rather enter into what we call "Itsipi" (Eet-see-pee) Ceremony and the two are NOT TO BE CONFUSED. Our manner of holding ceremony, the functions and facilitation of Itsipi require special training in duly ordained Nemenhah Ministers who ever strive to achieve the highest possible competency in this sacred Ministry.
Any Ceremony that is Bona-Fide has been accepted and authorized by the Church from which it originates. In the case of Nemenhah Ceremony, each Minister becomes the sole custodian of a unique healing Ceremony which, if it's the declared ceremony of a Nemenhah Ministry, becomes Bona-Fide by the Church.
Competence is determined by close inspection, either by oneself or another, of a Ministers particular training and experience in matters of ministry and/or modalities in Natural Healing. The Nemenhah Code outlines very specifically the responsibilities of Nemenhah Ministers regarding competence and proper representation.
Any modality wherein is adamantly comprehended the dictum "First Do No Harm". This applies not only to the Suffering individual, but to every Element in the Five Fold Mission.
Though Nemenhah cannot promise the attempt will never be made, through the principles and legalities of Spiritual Adoption and Nemenhah Ministry our Ministers can rest easy with the knowledge that, under the umbrella of USC Title 42, doing so would be extremely difficult where not impossible. All this is, of course, contingent upon the willingness and dedication of our Ministers to adhere to the Nemenhah Code, diligently study and practice the Sahaptan Healing Way, retain their Voting Status, and become competent in representing their Nemenhah Ministry.
Yes, but only in extreme cases where the offense has rendered- or threatens to do so- the victim incapable of making a living for his/herself or his/her family. It is the ultimate disciplinary act any Disciplinary Council or Arbitration may demand and constitutes funerary rites following thereafter. Also in the case of illicit drug use or a matter of Capital Offense (murder, mayhem, rapine, etc.) may a Member be expelled from the Nemenhah. Private conflict resolution is strongly encouraged as a matter of policy.
Automatically, if you haven't progressed in the UCNM within the past year or two, it is reasonable to assume your Voting Status has lapsed. Anyone may, however, inquire of the Principle/Stone Carrier of their Chapter regarding their Voting Status. Use the "Contact Us" page to contact the President of the Church or EPMC for more information.
Contact information for the President of NACNEM (Pres. Cloudpiler) and the Elected Principle Medicine Chief (Chief Wellamotkin) has been provided on this website. You may also use the "Contact Us" page on this website for more information.
We Nemenhah pride ourselves in maintaining high degrees of civility and courtesy in addressing our fellow Ministers and Chiefs. Please be thorough, precise with your questions, and your messages should always include your full name and the best means of contacting you.
Nemenhah Medicine Person may require specific fees or suggest an
offering for their services. You should
inquire of the Medicine Person from whom you'd like to receive the
directly regarding appropriate offerings and fees. If special
consultation from one of the Chiefs is desired, please remember that
though they, themselves, will neither ask nor require an offering, it
is courteous and supportive to send an offering in sacred figveaway
prior to the consultation, or immediately following.
As a Nemenhah Medicine Man or Woman what is my obligation to someone if they do not offer a Sacred Giveaway?
No Minister is obligated to engage or offer services wherein is comprehended a hardship upon themselves or their family. This is carefully stipulated in the Constitution of the Nemenhah and the Code of Ethical Conduct.
Giveaway (Potlatch) can take many forms, certainly, but- depending on
personal belief systems of the individual Healer- the sacred medicine
of a Nemenhah
Minister must always be respected in some way- no matter how great or
small. It is the responsibility of the
Supplicant to learn what is an appropriate
for that service. It is also the
responsibility of the Healer to ensure the Supplicant is aware of this
principle and that they two come to a mutual agreement as to the nature
In many Native American cultures, an offering of Tobacco or other smudging herbs is deemed a respectful and suitable compensation for many services. While there may be Medicine People within Nemenhah who ascribe to this custom, please confirm with the minister that this custom is indeed appropriate. For many (or most) of our ministers, such a gift of herbs is respected, but does not contribute to the dinner table. Be conscious and aware of the cultural diversity that is Nemenhah ministry today.
Nemenhah Administration was split into two respective Branches during the 2012 Great Council. The Office of Elected Principle Medicine Chief (Nehm Tiwehkthihmpt) was redefined to encompass the stewardship of the Nemenhah Constitution, Code of Ethical Conduct and Secular Administration. Jonathan "Wellamotkin" Landis was elected by consensus of Great Council.
At the same time, the Nemenhah Church (NACNEM) was created to encompass the stewardship of Ministerial Training, Ceremony, Sacrament Certification, and Spiritual Adoption with Phillip "Cloudpiler" Landis at the head as President of the Church and Presiding High Priest (Tehk Tiwehkthihmpt) of the Order of Lehb.
- For matters concerning the Constitution and the Nemenhah Code, please contact Chief Jonathan "Wellamotkin" Landis.
- For matters concerning Spiritual Adoption, the UCNM, Ceremony and Sacraments, please contact President Phillip "Cloudpiler" Landis.