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In an official and recorded audience with the newly elected Prior of the Order's Priory of Indigenous People, Pastor James Flaming Eagle Mooney ChLJ, Utah Governor Gary Herbert referred to the Native American Church headed by our Prior as a Sovereign Nation.

Gary Richard Herbert is Utah's 17th Governor. He took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009. Governor Herbert is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah's economy: Education, energy, jobs, and the ability of the State to solve its own problems. As a result, Utah is a premier destination for business, jobs, and an enviable quality of life. Under Governor Herbert's leadership, Utah has been recognized as the "Best State for Business and Careers" by Forbes magazine and the "best State to live in" by GALLUP.COM, among other accolades.

The Governor currently serves as the Chair of the Western Governors Association (WGA), on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA), and on the Education and Workforce Committee of the NGA. Prior to becoming the state's chief executive, Governor Herbert served as Lieutenant Governor for five years. In 1990, the Governor was appointed to the Utah County Commission. During his 14 years as county commissioner, he served as president of the Utah Association of Counties and the Utah Association of Realtors, and as a board member of the Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce and Utah Water Conservancy District.

Governor Herbert met his wife, Jeanette Snelson (also featured in the above photo), at Brigham Young University. Shortly after their marriage, the Governor joined the Utah National Guard where he served for six years. He and Jeanette were small business owners for 23 years. The Herberts are the proud parents of six children and 15 grandchildren.

It is the first time that a state government agency is recognizing the Native American Church as a Sovereign Nation. The Governor of Utah is sincere about righting the wrongs committed against the indigenous, native people of this country and honoring the Native American Church as an ambassador of the Earth and the voice of Native American spirituality and culture. We are so proud of Commander James Flaming Eagle Mooney and Chasta Linda Mooney.



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