Two-Spirit leader, Director and Co-Founder of the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society, Harlan Pruden, was named as an American representative to the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (“IIWGHA”). Mr. Pruden was selected because he met and exceeded the criteria set out in the Call for New IIWGHA Leaders.
In accepting this new post, Mr. Pruden restated his commitment to all the members of the National Confederacy of Two-Spirit Organizations in the United States that he would, “work to ensure our community is not only represented, but that this country’s Two-Spirit and Native organizations working to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS are briefed and kept up-to-date of all the work of IIWGHA.” He went on to say that he was also, “committed to seeking community guidance and input on decisions effecting, impacting and involving the Two-Spirit and Native community.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) met in Washington, D.C. on February 7 – 8, 2013 to discuss a range of issues that impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The presentations also included the following topics: understanding the epidemic in the transgender and Two Spirit communities; the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, high impact prevention; and the Stigma Index and the impact of stigma and discrimination in the HIV/AIDS community.
This video features PACHA member Jack Jackson, Jr. as well as Harlan Pruden from the NorthEast Two Spirit Society, discussing the Two Spirit resolution passed at the meeting.
“RezBall: a docu-poem” is a more lyrical piece than most linear narrative films. It was screened at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and, from that, it was invited to be screened as part of the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian - Native American Film+Video Festival as well as several other venues.
It was shot on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, home of some of our very own Stanford students!
(Mayetta, KS) On March 20, 2013 the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation along with the Kansas AIDS Education & Training Center sponsored an event for National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The event took place at the Tribal Casino in Mayetta, KS. Around ninety participants were treated to a delicious dinner and presentations on the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Native American community both nationally and in the state of Kansas. The presentations included information on the prevention and treatment of HIV, services available in Kansas, and the impact of stigma and prejudice on HIV prevention and care. The participants included area Tribal members as well as health care providers from the area. Read the rest of this entry »
March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of the terrible toll that HIV/AIDS continues to take on Native American populations. HIV/AIDS is a crisis that affects many American Indians and Alaska Natives, but particularly Two-Spirit individuals, who often experience stigma and discrimination in both Native and mainstream society. Read the rest of this entry »