International Council of Two Spirit Societies

International Council of Two Spirit Societies (ICTSS) began with an initial organizational meeting at the 2015 Montana Two Spirit Gathering.  Representatives from Two Spirit societies and groups who were members of the National Confederacy of Two Spirit Societies met together to formally dissolve the confederacy and create a new more inclusive organization.  “The confederacy was flawed without any formal operating procedures and excluded Canadian Two Spirit groups.  We wanted to move forward and be inclusive of all the Two Spirit groups regardless of the colonial border.  The US-Canadian border is form a colonialism not originally recognized by the indigenous tribes on this continent,” stated Raven Heavy Runner, Blackfeet, one of the leaders of the Northwest Two Spirit Society.

All new members of the ICTSS require sponsorship by a present member.  The sponsor will instruct the new applicants on the rest of the membership process.  There are two types of memberships available.  The primary membership is for Two Spirit/LGBTQ groups.  Only the ICTSS group members through their representatives will vote on any decisions.

Secondary memberships are for individuals called Individual Associate members.   The individual affiliate membership was created to include several types of folks.  One type are Two Spirit individuals who don’t have a local Two Spirit Society to join; another type are individuals who are elders but may not actively participate in a Two Spirit group but are recognized as highly valued for the wisdom and knowledge of their experience; and a third type of individuals are those who are allies but not necessarily LGBTQ2 or even indigenous but who have tirelessly given their time efforts with Two Spirit is support organizations.

The ICTSS members as of July 2016 include the following:

1 Northwest Two-Spirit Society https://www.facebook.com/groups/36398889337/ Raven Heavy Runner raven_hr@hotmail.com
Seattle, WA Hiram Calf Looking hcalflookingsr@yahoo.com
2 Montana Two-Spirit Society http://mttwospirit.org/ Steven Barriors sbarrios16@yahoo.com
Browning, MT https://www.facebook.com/groups/65877056817/ David Herrara outinmt@aol.com
3 Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits http://www.baaits.org/ Roger Kuhn, Chairman rogerkuhn@me.com
SF & Oakland area https://www.facebook.com/baaitscommunity Derek Smith, Secretary derekrsmith@gmail.com
Aidan Dunn aidansf@gmail.com
4 Two-Spirit Society of Indian Canyon https://www.facebook.com/groups/407876099253831/ Kanyon Sayers-Roods Indiancanyon.kanyon@gmail.com
Indian Canyon, CA Zephyr Elise Zephyr.elise@gmail.com
5 East Coast Two Spirit Society http://www.ec2ss.net/ OmiSade Yemaya firstnationsllc@gmail.com
New York Atlantic Region https://www.facebook.com/ec2ss Ben Geboe ben.geboe@mail.mcgill.ca
Sheldon Reymore sheldonraymore@yahoo.com
6 Texas Two Spirit Society http://www.texastwospirits.com/ Barry Layton barry.layton@texastwospirits.com
Dallas Fort Worth area https://www.facebook.com/groups/texastwospirits/ Darla Harrison sweetwillow_11@hotmail.com
7 Idaho Two-Spirit Society http://www.id2ss.com/ Aiden Warrior AidenRainWarrior@yahoo.com
Boise-Ft Hall https://www.facebook.com/groups/256865671182344/ Spirit Wildcat spiritwildcat1983@yahoo.com
8 City of Angels Two Spirit Society https://www.facebook.com/groups/543290225692505/ Hudson Tibbets, co-chair hutsun@aol.com
Los Angeles, CA Rachel Fernandez, co-chair
Gabriel Estrada, Sec gabriel.estrada@csulb.edu
9 Indiana Two-Spirit Society https://www.facebook.com/IndianaTwoSpiritSociety Nathan Steininger natstein@umail.iu.edu
Indianapolis, IN
10 Central Oklahoma Two Spirit Society https://www.facebook.com/groups/236506419795648/ Corey Taber okienativeboy@yahoo.com
Oklahoma City, OK Teddye Compton td3bears@aol.com
11 Tulsa Two-Spirit Society https://www.facebook.com/tulsatwo.spiritsociety John Hawk Co-cke’ hawknesw@yahoo.com
Tulsa, OK Joey Criddle joeynco@hotmail.com
12 Wichita Two-Spirit Society www.ict2ss.com/ Pam Hursh-Harjo pharjo@hunterhealthclinic.org
Wichita, KS https://www.facebook.com/groups/172555332761481/ Brent Kennedy watchesmany@yahoo.com
Cathy Gilespie kshealingwolf@gmail.com
13 Portland’s Indigenous Two Spirits https://www.facebook.com/Portland2Spirits/ Candi Brings Plenty candice5@pdx.edu
Portland, OR https://www.facebook.com/groups/PDXIndigenous2ss/ Asa Wright
14 #2SYEG No Facebook page James Makokis james.makokis@gmail.com
Edmonton, Alberta Ed Lavallee edlavallee@shaw.ca
15 Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance https://www.facebook.com/groups/wabanaki2spirits/ John Sylliboy johnrsylliboy@gmail.com
Canadian Atlantic region Tuma Young tumayoung@me.com
16 Saskatoon Two Spirit Society, Inc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/21661965446/ Niya Socopo niyasakebow@hotmail.com
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
 
17 Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc. http://www.twospiritmanitoba.ca/ Albert McLeod twospiritedmanitoba@hotmail.com
Winnipeg, Manitoba https://www.facebook.com/groups/89281699614/ Peetanacoot Nenakawekapo wannamawn@live.ca