Mar 19, 2020 - Covid - 19 Advisory

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Texas Conditions & Travel Advisory

With the closure of local government offices, public workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments in the city of Laredo are closed since personal safety is a priority; this includes the surrounding areas like Mirando City, Hebbronville, and neighboring suburbs.

The team of Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative (IPCI) encourages everyone to be aware and protective of the people’s health and your own health as it relates to COVID-19. Please take care of yourselves, your families, and your members. This is an extremely heavy pandemic masking our nation; however, we will get through this, together, as one nation.

Government departments across our nation have declared special health protection notices. With that, please take measures by implementing strict hygiene measures. There are several teams including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Public Health and various health care systems regarding information about the outbreak of the COVID-19 influenza virus. Our nation’s capital stressed a message with the advisory board, where the President recommended avoiding gatherings/groups of more than 10 people.

We want to let each of you know that you and your families are of utmost importance. As members of our Native American Churches and ABNDN, to include all tribal umbrella chapters, charters, and notably groups of the affiliated indigenous church groups, we are all responsible for our members and fully engaged in preparation, prevention, and mitigation efforts. As such, IPCI’s highest priority continues to be the health and well-being of everyone.

As we navigate the evolving impact, we are temporary changing the visitation requirements to the property at 605. We are going to remain open for prayers and sacramental offerings on a limited basis only; however, we strongly recommend a group less than eight (8) per visit, and there will be no overnight camping and teepee meetings. For these ceremonial offerings, please make prior coordination with the onsite Conservation Manager or onsite representatives. Until we get past this pandemic, for your safety, and the safety of our Conservation Manager or onsite representatives, contact Arnold Slowman at email: info@IPCI.Life.

In addition, the Global Health Advisory is at Level 3 published by the U.S. Department of State. For that reason, please be cognizant of traveling and seek information prior to setting out. Texas advises U.S. citizens to reconsider traveling abroad and domestic destinations due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world and within our states are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions.

Currently, Texas state and other states, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported, may restrict travel without notice. Therefore, we are urging all travelers to seek information regarding travel conditions and restrictions.

This message is not intended to discourage or prevent any future trips of journeys to obtain the sacrament peyote. Any sales or distribution of the medicine must be coordinated with the respective dealer(s).

On the behalf of the team of IPCI, we know these are challenging times, but we will continue to do our best. Thank you for your dedication to support the people and ceremonial congregations of Native America, and thank you for your prayers! Be safe, healthy, and strong!

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