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The Eng­lish term two-spir­it” is attrib­uted to Cree Elder Myra Laramee, who pro­posed it in 1990 at the Third Annu­al Inter-trib­al Native Amer­i­can, First Nations, Gay and Les­bian Con­fer­ence, in Win­nipeg. It’s a trans­la­tion of an Anishi­naabe term. At the 1994 Indige­nous Wom­en’s Net­work Con­fer­ence at White Earth, two women spoke out about being two-spir­it, and were well received. Speak­ers: Tah­nah­ga Yako Myers, Mohawk/​Anishinabe, is an indige­nous coun­selor and heal­er; Bon­nie Black­wolf, Black­feet nation, was an activist for indige­nous peo­ple like her­self who had AIDS. Mar­sha Gomez, a sculp­tor and a Found­ing Moth­er of the Indige­nous Wom­en’s Net­work, talked to WINGS about the impact of the wom­en’s talks. She saw that respect for­mer­ly accord­ed to two-spir­it indige­nous per­sons was being revived. Pre­sen­ters: Agnes Patak, Lisa Hayes, and Frie­da Werden.