Tribal Equity Toolkit: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit & LGBT Justice in Indian Country
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Oct. 09, 2012
ANNOTATION: “Two Spirit is a term in the English Language that attempts to incorporate and honor the hundreds of ancient, respectful, Native Language terms that were used for thousands of years within our Tribal societies. Two-Spirit is used to denote people who have special roles within our communities, our cultures, and our ceremonial life (p. 3) … This guide is intended to give tribal legislators a brief overview of legal issues that impact the equal treatment of Two Spirit or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The Guide identifies areas in which existing laws may discriminate against LGBT individuals, and provides sample resolution and code language for tribal lawmakers to consider adopting to maximize LGBT equality within their communities. Commentary to the draft language is also provided to address some of the policy issues that tribal legislators should consider when developing or revising tribal laws to promote LGBT justice” (p. 5). Seven chapters comprise this publication: introduction; family—marriage, domestic partnerships and civil unions, and children (adoption, child custody and visitation for LGBT parents, and child welfare); employment; housing, property transactions, public acoomodations, and public services; education; health care and end of life care; and bias-motivated (hate) crimes.