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Tribal Two Spirit Justice Alliance 2015 Program

IWOK is extremely excited to launch the Tribal Two Spirit Justice Alliance: a Strategic Cohort funded by a generous grant from the ARCUS Foundation!

The project is supported and lead by Lewis & Clark’s Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program, the Northwest Two Spirit Society, the Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Western States Center.

Participating tribes and organizations can expect to receive:

  • Individualized technical assistance

  • Three work sessions (held in coordination with ATNI Conventions)

  • A stipend of $4,000, to invest toward their workplan.

This program is an opportunity for four tribes and one tribally missioned organization in the Northwest to strengthen their work around equality issues for their two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community members.

Program Details

This program will be a 12-month project, from January - December 2016. The Tribal Cohort will work to ensure that they are able to lift up the experiences, leadership, needs and issues of two spirit constituents, citizens and members in order to deepen the organization’s work around social justice, inclusion and equity. The Two Spirit Justice Alliance is designed to be a dynamic and collaborative experience for all participating tribes and organizations.

We will establish a network of participating organizations who understand the need to:

  • Respond more effectively to the needs and issues of their Two Spirit constituents and members; and
  • Transform governmental and cultural narratives and structure in order to meaningfully integrate and institutionalize efforts towards Two Spirit equality.

Application Details

Applications should be no longer than 4 pages. Each applicant is required to provide evidence of commitment to the cohort from their governing body in the form of a short resolution or short cover letter. Additional supporting materials you feel would be helpful in better understanding your work, tribe, or how you work on issues of LGBTQ equality are also welcome.

Application Download

November 13 Uniting Communities Applications Due
November 30 Organizations Notified about Participation
February 2016 First Convening of the Cohort*

*Groups must be able to send a team of 3 individuals to the first gathering at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Note: As there is great work happening across the region, we anticipate that we will receive more applications then the program can accommodate.  Our goal is to have tribal communities that represent a broad range of constituencies, geographies and strategies but who share a common commitment to building a strong and vibrant community for equality.  In order for this cohort to be successful, we will also be identifying tribes that have the organizational capacity to attend the three work sessions and integrate the work into their organizational workplan. As Lewis & Clark will also be covering room and board and project costs in the program, we are limiting participation to no more than five groups.  

If we are not able to accommodate your tribe in cohort, please know that the we will strive to identify other opportunities to support your tribes’ work and the important contributions that you are making to create Two Spirit/ LGBT Justice for tribal communities.

Questions or concerns? Please contact Se-ah-dom Edmo at or 503-768-6155.

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