32nd Native American
26-28, 1998 in
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 Rock,
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).
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