Peyote Archive

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Church seeks probe of peyote prosecutions

Utah County: Members claim officials unduly burdened the free practice of their religion PROVO – Less than two weeks after two of its co-founders agreed to stop using and distributing peyote in exchange for the dismissal of federal charges against …

Charges Dropped vs. Couple in Peyote Case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday dropped charges against a husband and wife accused of illegally distributing peyote after they agreed to stay away from the hallucinogenic drug. James Mooney, 62, and his wife, Linda, 52, leaders …

No harm in Navajos’ peyote use, study finds

BOSTON — A study of the effects of peyote on American Indians found no evidence that the hallucinogenic cactus caused brain damage or psychological problems among people who used it frequently in religious ceremonies. In fact, researchers from Harvard-affiliated McLean …

A Rare and Unusual Harvest

Man Collects Peyote Buttons From Cactus for American Indian Rites MIRANDO CITY, Tex. — In the heart of Rio Grande brush country, Salvador Johnson works a patch of land just east of the Mexican border that is sacred to Native …

No bail for Utah County peyote promoter

Called a danger to community: Witnesses testify James “Flaming Eagle” had threatened them for cooperating in an investigation A federal magistrate said Tuesday that a Utah County man who promotes the use of peyote in American Indian religious ceremonies is …

Medicine Man

A nightmarish childhood experience moved James Warren “Flaming Eagle” Mooney to take up one of the oldest jobs in North American history. Once charged with a dozen felonies for giving peyote to ‘non-Native Americans’ in religious ceremonies, Mooney’s legal battle …

Peyote and peyote law

When Spanish explorers first stepped onto America’s soil, several tribes in northern Mexico had already used peyote for a dozen generations. Today, peyote grows chiefly in northern Mexico and south Texas. The plant is a small, woolly cactus shaped like …

Puffs on peace pipes hail court win

More than a dozen undercover officers observed a downtown peace-pipe ceremony Wednesday morning by James “Flaming Eagle” Mooney to honor his attorney and recent win at the Utah Supreme Court. The plainclothes officers mainly stayed on the outskirts of the …

Judge Rules Peyote Use is Legal

A Utah County man today celebrated his right to religious freedom. The Native American Church leader fought for his right to use peyote and the Utah Supreme Court agreed. Four years ago James “Flaming Eagle” Mooney was thrust into a …

Feds may weigh in on peyote case

Though the Utah Supreme Court has approved peyote use for Native American Church members regardless of race, Utah’s federal prosecutors may not. In June, the Utah Supreme Court OK’d religious peyote use for any member of the Native American Church. …

Justices uphold religious peyote use

The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday ensured that Utah members of the Native American Church, regardless of their race, cannot be prosecuted for using peyote as part of their religion. The justices unanimously ruled in favor of Oklevueha Earthwalks Native …

Peyote may have medicinal benefits

Experts are debating the benefits, risks of hallucinogenic drugs PHILADELPHIA — Long before Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey and the counterculture generation discovered hallucinogenic drugs, the Indians of western Mexico were using peyote to commune with their gods. Anthropologist Peter …

Mich. Judge Bars Peyote Use for Boy

AP, Apr. 23, 2003 http://www.guardian.co.uk/ Wednesday April 23, 2003 7:49 AM WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) – A 4-year-old boy must wait until he is physically and emotionally ready before he can ingest sacramental peyote at American Indian ceremonies, a family …