32nd Native American
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO
Hola Tso (below-left)
Tso & Frank Takes-Gun in 1957 during the height of their travels throughout
the country to garner support for the right of Navajo's to use Peyote in religious
Truman Washington Dailey of Red
The first time I came in contact with the Native American Church (NAC) was in
1949, when my uncle Ambrose Lee conducted a prayer service that I attended. As
young as I was and growing up without a mother, I did not know what my future held.
I needed some direction in life, and now I know that the NAC has helped me in that way.
I have been an NAC member
since 1949. I am very interested in the history of our church, and I wish to share
some of it with my people. The stories and information in this magazine were
collected and researched since 1992. The stories are put together with our children
in mind, for their use as future reference material.
These stories are narrations
collected from our elders of the NAC who were willing to share their memories and
experiences, which is very appropriate because we also are honoring our past leaders of
the Navajo Nation. I publicy thank our former Navajo Nation Chairman Raymond Nakai,
the late Navajo Nation Vice Chairman Nelson Damon, and their staff; it was under this
administration that Medicine Peyote was legalized on Navajoland.
I also want to thank my
uncle former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah and my grandson Navajo Nation Vice President Marshall
Plummer for their lobbying efforts for the American Indian Religious Freedom Act
amendments of 1994
(Public Law 103-344).
- Jefferson Lee
A Publication Presented by the
The 32nd NAC Convention
magazine is published by: Roy Hubbell, Owner
Tse Si Ani Communications. All rights reserved 1998.