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Coya White Hat-Artichoker
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Coya was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota; she is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been working doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She is a founding member of the First Nations Two Spirit Collective; they are a Collective working to building a stronger political presence for Two Spirit people within the national dialogue of queer rights. The First Nations Two Spirit Collective is also a member of the ROOTS Coalition, a coalition of 14 queer people of color lead organizations throughout the country. She is currently an Advisory Committee member for the Host Home Program, working to provide safe homes for homeless queer youth. She or her writing has appeared in: After Stonewall, (After Stonewall Productions) a film; The Advocate; “40 under 40” LGBT Leaders in the United States for 2010; “Sharing Our Stories of Survival” (Altamira Press 2007), the blogs the Bilerico Project; and The Huffington Post.

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A Love Letter to All of Our Indigenous/Native/Mestiza LGBTQ Familia

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Co-authored with Paulina Helm-Hernandez

This love letter was conceived in response to some recent attacks within our community against Ignacio Rivera, which we found profoundly heartbreaking to witness, and they evoked much larger implications for our community as a whole. Out of our witnessing these struggles, and out of our...

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Minnesota, Marriage and Me

(8) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 11:12 AM

I have the wonderful privilege of being the daughter of a feminist. My dear mother, whom I adore, raised me to question sexism and racism. She knew that as a Lakota woman in America, I was going to need to be equipped for all the obstacles that would hinder my...

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Lessons in Solidarity

(10) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 10:33 AM

Years ago there was a lesbian feminist bookstore run by a collective of white women. I had frequented the bookstore many times to support local bookstores. It was one of the oldest in the country. I was about 19 years old when that store began selling sage, a plant that...

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Indigenous, Queer, and Organizing

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 6:51 PM

I am a queer Sicangu Lakota woman living in Minneapolis. I grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and have spent most of my adult life in the Midwest. I came out when I was 18 years old, with great privilege and safety at a queer youth center in...

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Two Spirits: Overlapping Identities for First Nations People

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM

It is a great honor and privilege to share my thoughts about the film Two Spirits. The first time I saw Two Spirits, I left the room and and cried when it was over. The story of Fred Martinez's life and death is a compelling story for so many reasons....

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