Utah 'medicine man' claims Seminole heritage

A self-described "medicine man" from Utah is claiming to be Seminole but federal authorities say he is not a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida or any federally recognized tribe.

James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney runs the Oklevueha Native American Church. He says any practitioner -- Indian or non-Indian -- is allowed to use peyote.

Mooney wants the government to return 15,000 peyote buttons seized from his home. But the U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah says it won't return them because Mooney is not allowed to possess peyote.

Get the Story:
Mooney still seeking return of peyote (The Provo Daily Herald 8/1)

Utah Supreme Court Decision:
State of Utah v. Mooney (June 22, 2004)

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