“It Starts with You”: Michael King, newly elected Two Spirit Tribal President

Mygk! Hello, my name is Michael King. I’m 32 years old and come from a small community called Navajo Mountain, about five miles from the Utah/Arizona border. It is called Kaivayaxaru, “The Mountain Place.” I’ve lived here my whole life, only leaving for school. I come from two different tribes. I am Navajo on my […]

New Year, New Name: The Paths (Re)Membered Project

We are excited to begin the year by announcing a new name and logo for the Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ work at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. The Paths (Re)Membered Project centers the Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ community–its strengths, resiliencies, and histories—in our movement toward health equity. Through community engagement, research, and advocacy, […]

What is your vision of Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ liberation?

Three visual artists share their visions of Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ liberation. To me, Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ liberation means taking up space, resisting and speaking back to the monolith, to colonization. As many harmful ideas of gender and sexuality come directly from the effects colonization has had on us as Indigenous peoples, another important […]

Indigenizing Drag to Reclaim Space: A conversation with Jordan Remington

Interviewed by Itai Jeffries I first met Jordan Remington, a Quileute artist and performer, when they performed as the incredible Hailey Tayathy at the birthday party of a mutual friend. I fondly remember the fierce and unapologetically Indigenous performance. Since then, I have seen Hailey make appearances at Native events and gatherings in the Seattle […]

From Intern to Advocate

by Tara McCoy The past month has brought to the forefront issues of privilege, systemic racism, and persistent discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. As a result, we’ve seen the importance of advocacy and activism in the struggle for equality. The Black Lives Matter protests have spurred movements all over the United […]

“We are a gift from Creator”

A Conversation with Lenny Hayes By Itai Jeffries We are familiar with the many stories highlighting the ways that European colonialism has devastated the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. These stories must be told. As important, however, are the stories carried by Native people, families, and communities who have found healing by (re)membering stories older […]

Spirit Walking

by Marcy Angeles   We are never alone because our Ancestors are always here. Our hearts are the drum we hear. The Rivers they drank are our ponds of tears. We Re-Create ourselves as we rise from our Ancestor’s fears. In our silence we feel our pulse, The Eager Current pushing us. Oh Blue Birds […]

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I’m Proud of Where I Come From

by Gabriel Castilloux Calderón   I’m proud of my people Of the scrap and stoodis stand your ground attitude Of the ability to make something out of nothing like leaving your great uncles old broken down rusted pick up in the driveway for decades cuz you never know Don’t care about cut lawns  We got lungs to […]