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Articles of Incorporation

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Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp ( F.S.I.C. NAC corp)

(A Colorado Nonprofit Religious Corporation)

 

    Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp, a Colorado nonprofit corporation under Colorado revised statutes, title 7, articles 121-137, as amended from time to time (the “Colorado revised nonprofit corporation act”), adopts the following articles of incorporation for such corporation.

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Article I

Name and Principle office

 

              The name of the corporation is Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp, of Crestone Colorado. The principle office of the corporation is 1074 Lariat trail, Crestone, Colorado, 81131.

 

Article II

Duration

 

              The period of its duration shall be perpetual.

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Article III

Purposes

 

This corporation is a nonprofit religious corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Religious Corporation Law exclusively for religious, spiritual, and educational purposes. The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized is to be an official affiliate of the Native American Church of Itzachilatlan, recognized by the state of Illinois (file no. 86573429) and to cause and secure in principle and deed, the exercise and expression of aboriginal traditions and other indigenous American religious practices in accordance with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, The American Indian Religious Freedom act (42 U.S. Code 1996), and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994 ( Public Law 103-344), and in accordance with  The American Indian Religious Freedom Act 21 U.S. Code 952, 953, and other pertinent laws; to carry out and perform religious and spiritual ceremonies that include but not exclusively limited to; the Name giving rite, burials, marriages, transport and use of peyote, all night prayer vigils with holy sacrament of peyote, sweat lodges, vision quest, coming of age ceremony, pipe ceremony, staff alliance ceremony, ayahuaska, tobacco, spiritual adoption, ceremonies of personal health, The Sundance, pow wows, community gatherings, ceremonial dances, and other rituals and ceremonies of aboriginal peoples of America with religious and cultural intent or passed via alliances with other organizations or churches. In accordance with spiritual aboriginal traditions and under the protection of The First Amendment of the United States Constitution, The American Indian Religious Freedom Act (42 U.S. Code 1996), The American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994 (Public Law 103-344) and in accordance with 21 U.S. Code 952, 953, and other pertinent laws; Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp in Colorado and its rituals have, as a holy sacrament, medicinal plants including but not limited to, Peyote, Ayahuaska, and tobacco. Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp’s objective is to safe keep, administer, protect, facilitate, spread, determine, educate, give full details of, exercise, and express to and for all peoples the indigenous and aboriginal religious ceremonies, ways of spiritual expression, and ways of living according to traditional values. Also its purpose is to promote activities that nourish, stimulate, and further development of human creativity through spiritual expression, cultural identity, cultural art, and historical consciousness, as well as to promote unification of all cultural religious and spiritual workers.

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ARTICLE IV

Inurnment, Dissolution, and Powers

 

  1. This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, cultural, educational, spiritual, ceremonial, and scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

  1. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (1) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (2) by a corporation contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation.

 

  1. No part of the income or net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, any member, director or officer of the corporation or to any other private individual, except that (1) reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the corporation affecting one or more of its purposes;(2) reimbursement may be made for any expenses incurred for the corporation by any officer, director, member, agent, or employee, or any other person or corporation pursuant to and upon authorization of the directive council (as defined in Article VII below); and (3) rebates of excess membership dues, fees, or common expense assessments may be made.

 

  1. In the event of dissolution of the corporation, the property and assets thereof remaining after providing for all obligations shall be distributed pursuant to the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act Article 134.

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ARTICLE V

THE RITUUALS

 

SECTION 1

All rituals and ceremonies of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp are realized with sacred instruments, and include, but are not limited to, plants, bird feathers, animal skins, hides, rattles, drums, stones, staffs, pipes, and dress regalia.

 

SECTION 2

We believe ourselves legitimate and direct heirs to all original ancient indigenous practices, beliefs, and rituals. All rituals and ceremonies of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp are directed with reverence towards our Mother Earth, Father Sun, and the great Creator represented by fire. Accompanying our rituals and ceremonies are sacred traditional songs passed down generations by indigenous peoples for the purpose of ceremonial use.

 

SECTION 3

All rituals of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp are conducted and referred to by a sacred name and a collaborative of custodians whom have legitimate ordination to perform said ceremonies.

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ARCTICLE VI

MEMBERSHIPS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

SECTION 1

In accordance with Colorado Law, Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp is a non-membership Corporation without formal membership as the term is legally defined under Colorado Law.

 

SECTION 2

Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp will have, upon its inception, informal members separate and apart from definition of Formal membership as defined by the laws of Colorado. Members of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp will be granted recognition as “informal members” as such by organization described in this section.

Informal membership does not give members any rights or privileges associated with operations, management, or legal affairs of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp, and therefore informal members will not participate in the act of voting.

 

SECTION 3

Informal members, therefore and further in this section and all sections, will be referred to as membership.

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SECTION 4

Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp membership, in accordance with, The American Indian Religious Freedom act (42 U.S. Code 1996), and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994 ( Public Law 103-344), and in accordance with  The American Indian Religious Freedom Act 21 U.S. Code 952, 953, and other pertinent laws, the rights and freedoms mentioned therein. Therefore granting members all rights and privileges contained therein.

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SECTION 5

There will exist then four types of members

 

SECTION 6

Beneficiary members: Are those who benefit by helping and collaborating with the activities of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp.

 

SECTION 7

Active members: Those who meet or have met the requisites approved by Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp

 

SECTION 8

Honorary Members: Those who voluntarily show their support and are specially recognized by Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp

 

SECTION 9

General Members: Those who participate in a general manner and support the corporation in its activities.

 

SECTION 10

            General assembly: Made up of all, Founding, beneficiary, active and honorary members of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp.

 

SECTION 11

Details of The Four types of members will be expounded upon in the corporations Bylaws

ARTICLE VII

NAMING OF DIRECTIVE COUNCIL

 

Let it be known and constituted that the Founding members hereby known as the Directive Council also for Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp is made up of the following persons as appointed by incorporating agent under the authority and supervision of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp:

 

  1. Christopher Michael Long, 4266 Rambling way, Crestone, CO, 81131
  2. Andrea Marie Long, 4266 Rambling way, Crestone, CO, 81131
  3. Bruce Elaine Waltemyer, 1074 Lariat trail, Crestone, CO, 81131

 

The Directive Councils members form the core governing council of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp, these members will always retain all rights and privileges within the corporation as the founding leaders of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp, and they can only be removed from position by their own accord. Directive Council members constitute the main governing council and their actions and decisions surpass any decisions made by officers, advisors and or members when it comes to the highest benefit of the Corporation. Their term is indefinite and their positions are only replaced through the act of inheritance with the approval of the other founders.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII

OFFICERS

The Directive Council may appoint a President, one or more vice presidents, a secretary, a treasurer, and other such officers as the Directive Council believes will be in the best interest of the corporation (each an “officer”, collectively known as “Officers”). As provided in the by laws, any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the President and the secretary. The Officers shall have such duties as may be prescribed to them in the Bylaws and shall serve at the direction and pleasure of the Directive Council.

 

 

ARTICLE IX

SPIRITUAL ADVISORS

 

Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp will also have a directive position known as Spiritual Advisor. Spiritual advisors are those who fulfill all requirements and prerequisites as laid out in the Bylaws and are also appointed by the Directive Council and have a good standing with all officers and members as understood within the Bylaws. Spiritual advisors can be members, Officers, and or Directive Council, but being any of the latter does not necessarily mean being a spiritual advisor. Being a Spiritual Advisor is a privilege and requires strenuous prerequisites and community approval. The Spiritual Advisors duties will be to oversee rituals and ceremonies with the upmost highest reverence, integrity, and diligence in accordance with tradition of how they received the altars and authority to conduct said ceremonies. Spiritual Advisors will not be part of (unless they are Officers, members, and or Directive Council) administrative duties, governing, and or day-to-day maintenance of the Corporation. There will be classifications of types and duties of Spiritual advisors as written in the bylaws, but there will be one original Spiritual Advisor that leads all others and all others have to be approved of by the original Spiritual Advisor. The Bylaws will contain the components of what it means to be the original advisor and will lay the foundation and requirements for all others to become Spiritual advisors.

 

 

ARTICLE X

BYLAWS

 

The initial Bylaws of the Corporation shall be as adopted by the Directive Council. The Directive Council and the Corporations Officers shall have power to alter, amend, or repeal the Bylaws from time to time in force and adopt new Bylaws. The Bylaws from the Corporation may contain any provisions for the regulation or management of the affairs of the Corporation that are not inconsistent with the law or these articles of Incorporation, as these articles may from time to time be amended. However, no articles shall have the effect of giving any director or officer of the corporation any proprietary interest in the Corporation’s property or assets, whether during the term of the corporation’s existence or as an incident to its dissolution.

 

 

ARTICLE XI

PERSONAL LIABILITY

 

No member, Officer, Spiritual Advisor or Directive Council member of this Corporation shall be personally liable for the debts or obligations of this Corporation of any nature whatsoever, nor shall any of the property of the members, Officer, advisors, or Directors be subject to the payment of the debts or obligations of this corporation. Nor shall the Corporation be liable for the personal affairs or debts or obligations of any member, Officer, advisor, or director. The Corporation is solely responsible for anything done under the name of Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp (unless the Corporations named is used fraudulently) as approved and guided by the directive council. Indemnification will by addressed in the Bylaws. All participants in rituals and ceremonies will agree and consent to the Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp Waiver and release form, either through signing the contract or verbally agreeing to it or most importantly agree to it by the act of participation itself, as long as all participants will be made available copies of the Waiver and release form and will be provided the opportunity to object and or learn more about the Waiver and release form, also that it is clearly stated before the ceremonies that participating is an act agreeing to the Waiver and release Form which will be attached to the Bylaws. All members, officers, Advisors, and Directors will have to have signed a copy of the waiver and release form.

 

 

ARTICLE XII

INITIAL REGISTERED OFFICE AND AGENT

 

The initial registered office of the corporation shall be 1074 Lartiat trail, Crestone CO, 81131. The Initial registered agent at such office shall be, Bruce Elaine Waltemyer, PO 992, Crestone, CO, 81131.

ARTICLE XIII

AMENDMENT OF ARTICLES; CONFLICTS

These Articles of Incorporation may be amended from time to time in the manner set forth in the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act, provided always that such amendments are consistent with the terms and provisions of the Declaration.

  1. In the event of a conflict between the terms and provisions of these Articles and the terms and provisions of the Declaration, the terms and provisions of the Declaration shall govern and control.
  2. In the event of a conflict between the terms and provisions of these Articles and the terms and provisions of the Bylaws adopted by the Directive Council, the terms and provisions of these Articles shall govern and control.

ARTICLE XIV

INCORPORATOR

The name and address of the incorporator of the corporation is:

Christopher Michael Long, 4266 Rambling Way, PO 591, Crestone, CO, 81131.

ARTICLE XV

WRITTEN CONSENT OF INCORPORATING AGENT ADOPTING BYLAWS

 

I, the undersigned, am the person named as the Incorporating agent by Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan of Colorado Native American Church Corp. The name and mailing address of the individual who cause this document to be delivered for filing, and to whom the Secretary of State may deliver notice if filing of this document is refused is; Christopher Michael Long, 4266 Rambling Way, PO 591, Crestone, CO, 81131.

 

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Bear Dance

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Each year, at Eagle’s Nest Center in Westfield, Wisconsin, Robert and Judy hold their annual spring Bear Dance. All are welcome to experience this empowering and uplifting ceremony.

Join us in Westfield, Wisconsin each year for the spring time Bear Dance!!!

We warmly welcome all to participate in this annual dance. Be a part of the Bear society by joining in the festivities. This dance is all inclusive and does not require too many commitments.

 Each dancer will make prayer flags as well as prayer ties. These items will be made just before dancing, so bring a yard of red, yellow, black and white cotton fabric. Bring a quarter yard of blue, green and purple cotton fabric.

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