] Podcast link and thankfully a transcript. Trinity gets huffy and self righteous at times in the interview, he is difficult to listen to.
So much of what Trinity says is simply not true.
LL: So when you say you have the blessing of the Native Americans, have you been working with the Native Americans in the community where your retreat center is located in Elbe, Washington?
TDG: Yes, we’ve definitely been doing outreach to the different tribes that are in the Washington area. We have received the blessings from the Native Americans in many different forms. One is of course is to create this independent branch of the Native American Church in which we are leading everything.
You see, the Native Americans, they don’t discriminate based on race, color, or age. That’s the first thing to understand about Native American culture. That it’s not like you have to be born into a Native American reservation for example or how to have the bloodline to be able to practice Native American spirituality.
But they are all under the belief that we are all brothers and sisters no matter what our skin color is. It is this unifying energy of looking at mother, our planet as our mother earth and our father, father sky. It is this connection with the spirits, with the plants, with the trees, with the mountains, looking at them as spirits, teachers, as guides that is the root of Native American tradition.
This question clearly came from people who did not understand Native American tradition and were pointing fingers at us because we aren’t Native American blood line born. Where as if they really understood what the Native American tradition is all about, then that won’t be coming out of their mouth.
But Trinity has not been cooperatively working with local tribal members. He has been asked several times to name who he has contacted, he has not answered. I doubt he even knows whose historic territory his Washington state retreat center is on. Or where the closest federally recognized tribal headquarters is located.
James Mooney, the leader of the fake church Oklevueha, is not actually Native American, he is not a member of a federally recognized nation, he does not appear to even have distant heritage. Even if he did, Mooney's b.s. is all invented, made up of various cultures put in a blender.
Gary Tom, a member of Oklevueha, who I believe is a federally enrolled tribal member, did hold sweat lodges for Ayahuasca Healings. That is one guy. Gary Tom does not represent his own tribe in this, much less all nations.
Trinity has no right to lecture us on "Native American tradition". He does not appear to know that there are many nations, many cultures.