Native GLBT International Archive Launched in Minnesota

Native GLBT International Archive Launched in Minnesota

Conserving Indigenous intellectual property & building cultural literacy

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, USA- February 14-  For more than two decades, Native GLBT communities across North America have organized on the national and international levels.  Valentines Day 2006, an Indigenous community member, who serves on the advisory board member to one of the top GLBT archive collections in the country, is now the lead donor to a newly established component of the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis.  “Hundreds of tribes in this hemisphere, still speaking many hundreds of languages, have always acknowledged the contributions of GLBT people, long before the appearance of Europeans here in our ancient domains,” said Anguksuar (Richard LaFortune), director of Two Spirit Press Room, a national cultural organization that facilitates dialogue among Indigenous and non-Indigenous institutions and media.  “We are conserving our own history, and providing a legacy for the coming seven generations.”