Medicare To Support Gender Reassignment Surgery

(Washington, DC) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering if medicare should pay for gender reassignment surgery and gender dysphoria treatments. To assist CMS with this decision, the agency is requesting public comments and input on a review of the available evidence and conduct a national coverage determination (NCD) review to determine …Continue Reading

Honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People

(Ottawa, ON) On Friday, September 25, Walking With Our Sisters opened at the Carleton University Art Gallery and will be there until October 16, 2015. Walking With Our Sisters is a massive commemorative art installation comprised of 1,763+ pairs of unfinished moccasin plus 108 pairs of unfinished children’s moccasins created and donated by hundreds of …Continue Reading

Two-Spirit Youth Webinar 9/1/15 @ 1pm EDT

On September 1, 2015 at 1:00 to 2:30pm (EDT), Tribal Training & Technical Center offers “We Are All One Family, Let’s Not Make This “Just a Dream” Indigenous Two-Spirit Youth Sharing of Personal Stories” webinar. Dominique Briggs, 15, Yakama, Mexican and White Shea Norris, 23, Oglala Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Otta Belle Moddy, 30, …Continue Reading

Tribal Leaders Affirm Two-Spirit Support

St. Paul, Minnesota – The National Congress of the American Indians (NCAI) at their 2015 Mid Year Conference made Two-Spirit history with the passage of a Two-Spirit resolution declaring their “…support of the full equality of all tribal persons including Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender tribal citizens in the interest of furthering the cause …Continue Reading

IHS Spokesperson Comments on Two-Spirit Input to Improve Services

(WASHINGTON, DC) As reported by, on June 5, 2015, Indian Health Service (IHS) put a call out for public comments to inform its efforts to advance and promote the health needs of the Two-Spirit community though the US Federal Register’s Notice of Request for Information. “IHS is seeking to gain a better understanding of the …Continue Reading

Indian Health Service Seeks Two-Spirit Input to Improve Services

(WASHINGTON, DC) Indian Health Service (IHS) is seeking broad public input as it begins efforts to advance and promote the health needs of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Two-Spirit community members. “IHS is taking an important step to better serve the healthcare needs of the Two-Spirit community. In comparison to other racial/ethnic groups, Native people suffer …Continue Reading

When buffalo hide meets hydrogen peroxide

(VANCOUVER, BC) What happens when a buffalo hide meets hydrogen peroxide? A powerful work of art happens! If you are going to be in Vancouver’s Chinatown area before July 4th be sure to swing by Centre A Gallery (229 East Georgia St.) to see the recent work of Two-Spirit artist Richard Heikkilä-Sawan (Cree/Mohawk). Richard is …Continue Reading

Two-Spirit wedding bells ring as Siletz Tribal Council approves same-sex marriage ordinances

(SILETZ, OR) The Siletz Tribal Council approved marriage and dissolution of marriage ordinances during its meeting on May 15, 2015. The ordinances apply equally to couples of the opposite sex and to same-sex couples (at least one person of each couple must be a Siletz Tribal member for the laws to apply). The ordinances became …Continue Reading