A SPECIAL STATEMENT ABOUT THE PHILANTHROPISTS SUPPORTING IPCI:
These allies have no intention of opening up legal access to and use of Peyote by non-Natives. Peyote – as set out in federal law – is for Native tribal members only. Some of these financial supporters also support the FDA approved testing of substances such as MDMA and psilocybin for medical use to treat PTSD (especially for military veterans), depression, alcoholism, opiate addiction and trauma. They understand the clear differences between those activities and protecting the sacred way of life for Indigenous people who worship with Peyote. Funders to IPCI must be approved to give money by the Board of Directors, and must agree to support direct Indigenous sovereignty and all strategic decision making over their medicine. They agree to this because they know the community healing potential of this medicine is intertwined with the Indigenous way of life and therefore those NAC community elders and leaders responsible to this way of life must be the protectors and decision-makers. Financial and other support to IPCI can only be given with this understanding.