First Nation Church

Frequently Asked Questions


The Kituwa Society First Nation Church has terminated its cooperation agreement with the American Council of Wedding Officiants (ACWO), effective on 1 April 2013. If you obtained your ordination license through the Kituwa Society First Nation Church and ACWO, they have agreed to support all First nation Officiants without interruption. Please contact them directly. If you are a legacy Kituwa Society First Nation practitioner who received ordination directly through the Kituwa Society academy, you may inquire through the academy office for further information.

Church Membership

Kituwa Society First Nation Church is a traditions-based Native American religious organization. Our faith is based upon respect for one another and for Nature. We do not believe in forcing specific political, religious or social beliefs or doctrines upon anyone.  We welcome each and every person to worship, respect and be in awe of the remarkable world that surrounds us. To become a member of our church, you are not required to undergo any religious training, be subjected to any rituals, swear any oaths or allegiances, or claim any beliefs other than those you feel in your own heart and soul.

Benefits and Entitlements

Due to the nature of marriage as a legal contract, you may not be entitled to any additional benefits, including (but not limited to) health care, insurance, alimony or child support. As such, you should consider your marriage license from Kituwa Society First Nation Church to be symbolic of your commitment and love for each other, rather than an instrument for obtaining financial or social benefits.

State Recognition of Marriage

Due to political agendas, fundamentalist beliefs or unenlightened thinking, many states do not recognize church-based marriages. If this is the case in the state where you reside, it is in your best interest to obtain a marriage license or civil union registration from your local authority. (Generally, your local County Clerk issues such documents.) If your state does not recognize marriage between two consenting adults as something that is based on love, not law, then we encourage you to obtain your marriage license through the church.

Non-Resident Marriages

While we are a religious organization headquartered in the United States, we do offer to sanction marriages between adults residing anywhere in the world. As noted elsewhere on this page, your marriage may not be legally recognized in the nation you reside in, and you may not be entitled to any specific benefits that other married couples may receive. However, your marriage is considered to be a sacred and consecrated covenant between you and your spouse, and your marriage license, issued by the church, is a lasting symbol of your commitment to each other.

Renewing Your Wedding Vows

The act of renewing your wedding vows does not generally involve the re-issuing of a marriage license; it is traditionally a way for you and your spouse to publicly reaffirm your love and commitment to each other. If you and your spouse are planning to renew your wedding vows and wish to acquire a symbolic marriage document to commemorate the occasion, you may obtain one for a nominal fee through

Your Wedding Vows

There is no specific, standardized wedding ceremony within the church and, in fact, we encourage you to design your own ceremony and write your own vows. Remember: your wedding ceremony is a celebration of your love, and the public declaration of your commitment to each other! It can be as fun, dignified, solemn or wild as you wish -- as long as each of you announce your intention to accept the other as your married spouse in the presence of a licensed Officiant and at least two adult witnesses.

Wedding ministers and ceremonial Officiants licensed by the American Council of Wedding Officiants (or via are given basic samples of vows that may be used to solemnize your marriage. You may also search the Internet (using, for example, Google or Yahoo!) to find variations on the term "wedding vows."

Proxy Marriages

A proxy marriage is one where someone stands in for the absent party, or where the absent party participates via telephone or video conference (including Skype). Under the bylaws of First Nation Church, if one of the parties to the marriage is unable to attend for any reason, including military service, incarceration in jail or prison or inability to travel, the couple may designate another person to stand in for the absent person. The standard marriage license is acceptable for proxy marriages.

For a proxy marriage to be legally recognized, the signature of each party to the marriage must be witnessed by two adults who must be present. The proxy (person standing in for the absent party) and the Officiant may not sign as witnesses.

I'm Not A Cherokee. Can I Join?

The overwhelming majority of our members are either not Native American, or they do not carry a sufficient bloodline to be considered a member of a federally-recognized tribe. You do not have to be born Cherokee (or any other tribe) to become a member of our community, to be married under our laws, or to be recognized as a ceremonial Officiant.

Always remember that you can convert to Judaism, Catholicism or Buddhism, and you can convert to the traditions of Cherokee spiritualism as well.

Many of our brothers and sisters from Texas, Oklahoma and the southwestern United States broke away from their original tribes during the forced "Trail of Tears" relocation, and so cannot today claim tribal membership. Others have been denied tribal recognition despite family or community ties to tribes, including the descendants of former slaves who accompanied Cherokees during relocation. We warmly and openly welcome each of you into our community!

I Believe In Jesus Christ. Will This Violate My Beliefs?

We have countless members who also follow the teachings of Jesus, or of Buddha or other spiritual guides. Your belief in other teachings are not compromised or violated in any way. There is an old Cherokee saying: "Two things can be equally true." You can believe in Jesus and his philosophy, and also respect other traditions and culture.

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Kituwa Society First Nation Church is a traditions-based Native American religious organization that is legally permitted to issue marriage licenses to its congregation members regardless of gender or sexual preference. Through its bylaws, Kituwa Society First Nation Church permits same-sex marriage or marriage between gay, lesbian or transgender partners of legal age (18 years or older) in accordance with the church's articles of incorporation, which state that: "Marriage is a civil contract entered into by males at least 18 years of age and females at least 18 years of age, who are otherwise capable, and solemnized in accordance with the rites and traditions of Kituwa Society First Nation Church. Consenting adult couples may marry under the laws of the church, whether male-female, male-male or female-female.