“Gone to the Spirits” – a music review

(Vancouver, BC) Norine Braun’s, a Vancouver based #Two-Spirit, singer-songwriter and award-winning artist, latest project is titled, Gone to the Spirits. This album is named after the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) warrior woman, whose name was Gone-To-The-Spirits. Early this year, Norine and I were panelists on “Two Spirits Many Songs” at EMUSE, an Aboriginal Electronic Music Festival, hosted by …Continue Reading

Seeing and Experiencing Alaskan Two-Spirit Pride

(Anchorage, AK) “Continuous,” a series of portraits, features the work of #Two-Spirit artist Jenny Irene Miller (Inupiaq). This exhibit is a collection photographs of 17 individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or Two-Spirit and Alaska Native. This show explores identity, sexual orientation, gender diversity, discrimination, and pride and how these elements overlap, diverge, and …Continue Reading

How to say ‘Two-Spirit’ in Alutiiq?

You’re in luck! In a recent post Alaska Native News – For the First People of the Last Frontier featured ‘#Two-Spirit’ in “Alutiiq Word of the Week-November 20th.” How does these words and feature figure into Canada’s discussion and recommendation from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission? This information was supplied by the Alutiiq Museum, “the …Continue Reading

Supporting Two Spirit Warriors at Standing Rock

(CANNON BALL, N.D.) (Editorial note and statement of disclosure, the author of this article made a donation of $100 to this campaign.) On Saturday, September 24, Portland’s Candi Brings Plenty (Oglala Lakota Sioux and a direct descendent of Crazy Horse‘s Band,) launched a Two-Spirit Call-to-Action Campaign on crowdfunding site FUNDLY. Ms. Brings Plenty told the …Continue Reading

Two-Spirit History Made!

(Tsleil-Waututh, BC) On September, 18, 2016, the First Nation communities, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam Nations, jointly hosted a #Two-Spirit Gathering on the traditional and unceded territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation located in what is now called North Vancouver, BC. The day long conference was first of its kind that was convened by three Nations and on a …Continue Reading

Fort Peck Tribe Adopts a NC Trans* Bathroom Policy

(Poplar, MT) At Monday’s, May 25th, 2016 council meeting, the Tribal leaders of Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation adopted a transgender bathroom policy similar to the North Carolina policy, a highly controversial piece of legislation that prompted Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, PayPal and many others to not do business with and in the State of …Continue Reading

TWO-SPIRIT PEOPLE, BODY SOVEREIGNTY AND GENDER SELF-DETERMINATION

Originally published on Sept. 21, 2015 on Red Rising Magazine: http://redrisingmagazine.ca/two-spirit-people-body-sovereignty-and-gender-self-determination As Cree people we understand that the nature of the cosmos is to be in balance and that when balance is disturbed, it must and will return. Restoring balance Two-spirit identity is one way in which balance is being restored to our communities. Throughout the …Continue Reading