A sad, curious tale of rampant duplicity and stupidity
The Nemenhah’s websites claim, however, that the people known as the Nemenhah came to North America from the Middle East before the Christian era, and settled in the Four Corners area. Records (the Mentinah Archives) of their history and beliefs were preserved there, and only were recently (2004) translated into English. If this history sounds awfully like what is in the Book of Mormon, then it may interest you to know that the Nemenhah supposedly joined Hagoth, a figure in the BoM, when he left his homeland.
The LDS church, however, does not recognize the Mentinah Archives as authentic. The irony there is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
Landis, coincidentally, wrote the foreword to the “translation” of the Mentinah Archives and published the English translation. The original texts are supposedly locked away in a safe location, while five unnamed translators voluntarily work on the translation.
Someone on a Mormon forum site challenged the authenticity of the Mentinah Archives. Landis, under the unlikely name of Ea-lea Powitz Peopeo, responded with a lengthy diatribe providing arcane details about the Nemenhah and the archives, all couched in language to appeal to a Mormon readership.
Here's more on the origin of "Nemenhah":
Records of the Nemenhah
So I gather the Nemenhah Band is an offshoot of the lost tribe of Israel that gave rise to Native Americans. Which is odd since the Nemenhah Band has claimed its "Native" status comes from association with the Native American Church, not from biological ties to Indians.
Obviously they're trying to have it both ways. If you're a law enforcement agent investigating them, they haven't claimed to be Indians by blood quantum. But if you're a gullible Mormon, the language suggests the band is descended from the long-lost Lamanites.
For more on the subject, see Indians Think They're Lamanites and Mormons Modify Indian Origin.
Below: Christ visits the Book of Mormon people. You know, the white men from Israel who came to the Americas and built the Maya temples because the Indians were too primitive and superstitious to have done it themselves? Those Book of Mormon people.