Two-Spirits and HIV Conference location

Underground Theater


Studios 201 and 202

co-presented with the Abrons Arts Center


466 Grand Street

New York, NY, 10022

About Conference


33 American Indians / 0 Alaska Natives

-5 Northeast Tribes-Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Shawnee, Wampanoag

-3 Southwest Tribes - Apache, Navajo, Pueblo

-6 Plains Tribes- Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Chippewa, Ojibwe, Sioux, Ute

-8 Southeast Tribes - Cherokee, Chicasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee, Rappahannock, Tunica-Billoxi

-1 Mexican Indigenous - Mayan

-1 Carribbean Indigenous - Taino

-1 South American Indigenous - Kuna

8 First Nations Canadian Aboriginals
-3 First Nations Cree
-3 First Nations Metis
-3 First Nations Ojibwe

Total Conference Attendees = 55 (47 Americans / 8 Canadians)

2 - Apache (San Carlos) (USA), 1 - Blackfeet (Pikuni) (USA), 1 - Cayuga (USA), 3 - Cherokee (USA), 1 - Cheyenne (USA), 1 - Chicasaw (USA), 1 - Chippewa (USA), 3 - Cree (CANADA), 3 - Choctaw (USA), 1 - Kuna (USA), 1 - Mayan (USA), Metis, 4 - Mohawk (USA), Muscogee, 2 - Navajo (USA), 14 - Non-natives (USA), 7 - Ojibwe (2USA/5 CANADIAN), Oneida, 1 - Pueblo (USA), Rappahannock, 1 - Shawnee (USA), 4 - Sioux (USA), 1 - Taino (USA), 1 - Tunica-Biloxi (USA), 1 - Ute (USA), 1 - Wampanoag (USA),14 Non-natives (USA, 6 Multi-Tribal Members of 4 different nations = 1 - Rappahannock, 1 - Muscoge, 3 - Metis, 1 - Oneida

DATE: Saturday , June 29th, 2019 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand St. NY, NY, 10022

Hosted by the Two Spirit Indigenous People’s Association in coordination with WorldPride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. With generous support from the American Indian Community House, NYC Pride, Gilead, Indian Health Service with funds from the Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

Were pleased to announce our 2nd annual Two-Spirits and HIV: a conference for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus Native Americans affected by HIV co-presented with the Abrons Arts Center on June 29th, 2019. The first annual was held in 1991. Were honored to have confirmed three of our speakers: Isadore Boni a member of the San Carlos Apache Nation is a 50+HIV Survivor, Educator and Advocate, Trevor Stratton of Ojibwe Heritage from the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS, and Ron Rowell a member of the Choctaw Nation and Founder and Former Executive Director of National Native American AIDS Prevention Center. Our conference will feature workshops and breakout sessions that will inform and impact our communities through best practices and/or policy changes, while enhancing our communities social justice and holistic wellness toolbox, providing ways to care for ourselves and each other as part of an effective treatment and prevention plan.

Curtis Harris-Davia (San Carlos Apache), a TSIPA organizer and one of the founding members of New York City's "We'Wah and Bar-Chee-Ampe" - the second ever Two-Spirit organization in the United States, has been advocating for the Two-Spirit community since 1989. He continued to do so at the HOP town hall meeting on August 13th where he demanded that HOP include the "TS" in "TSLGBTQ" on all print media and communication for WorldPride 2019/Stonewall 50. This gesture would show respect for the First People of Turtle Island as well as honor Two-Spirit Indigenous People who are an integral part of the modern LGBTQ+ movement.

"We are inviting Indigenous people from all over the world to march with us, and to come to our fire" says Harris-Davia.

“Not only is two-spirit representation crucial, but providing culturally appropriate safer spaces for our youth and elders to enjoy pride as Indigenous people is paramount,” Says TSIPA organizer Tony Enos (Cherokee), a strong two-spirit activist and singer/songwriter/Producer.

Enos continued, “Our community will have a chance to express our pride. With a volatile history of our Indigenous voices being minimized and silenced, we will not be the forgotten people any longer. That includes during WorldPride.”

This program is a proud recipient of a 2019 NYC Pride Gives Back Grant!

Conference Schedule

*Subject to change

9:30am - 5:00pm - REGISTRATION OPEN

9:30am - 10:30am  - BREAKFAST - Sylvia's Catering (Wampanoag)

Upstairs 2nd floor Studio 201 (1 Hour)

OPENING PLENARY - Underground Theater

10:00am - 10:10am - Welcome Address - (10 Minutes)

Mistress of Ceremony: PrEPahHontoz (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) and Talon Ksa (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)

10:10am - 10:30am - Opening Blessing & Welcoming - (20 Minutes)

Pete Hill (Cayuga)

10:30am - 10:40am - Executive Director Address - (10 Minutes)

Curtis Harris-Davia (San Carlos Apache) American Indian Community House

10:40am - 10:50am - Two Spirit Indigenous People’s Association Address - (10 Minutes)

Tony Enos (Echota Cherokee) Conference Coordinator

10:50am - 11:00am - Indian Health Service Address - (10 Minutes)

Rick Haverkate (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

11:00am - 11:10am - International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS Address - (10 Minutes) 

Trevor Stratton (First Nations Ojibwe)

11:10am - 11:30am - Welcome - (20 Minutes)

Isadore Boni (San Carlos Apache) HIV+ Over 50 Survivor, Education & Advocacy

11:30am - 11:50am - Keynote Address - (20 Minutes)

Ron Rowell (Choctaw Nation) Founder and Former NNAAPC Executive Director, Retired CEO of Common Counsel Foundation and Past President of Native Americans in Philanthropy

11:50am - 12:30pm - LUNCH - Sylvia's Catering (Wampanoag)

Upstairs 2nd floor Studio 201 (40 minutes)

11:50am - 12:50pm - Underground Theater (1 Hour)

Muriel Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock) of Spiderwoman Theater

"Don't Call Me Berdache" Storytelling

1:00pm - 2:00pm - BREAKOUT SESSIONS I - (1 Hour)

Underground Theater - Todd Theringer (Leech Lake Ojibwe) of National Native American AIDS Prevention Center

"HCV Advocacy, HIV Advocacy and Sexual Violence webinar series.  NNAAPC will give an update on the future of our organization and the state of Native American HIV advocacy"

Studio 201- Alessandra Angelino

“Celebrating Our Magic: A Toolkit for American Indian/Alaska Native Transgender and Two-Spirit youth, their relatives, and their health providers.”

Studio 202- Trudie Jackson (Navajo)

“The Underground Black Market of Silicon Injection Pumping Parties Among American Indian Transgender Women”

2:10pm - 3:40pm - WORKSHOPS - (1 & ½ Hour)

Underground Theater - Trevor Stratton (First Nations Ojibwe)

“INDIGENOUS GIPA: The Greater Involvement of Indigenous People living with HIV/AIDS (IPLHIV)”

Studio 201- Jean-Luc Pierite (Tunica, Biloxi-Choctaw, Ofo, & Avoyel) 

“Doing the Work: Centering Cultural Revitalization in Self-Care Practices for HIV Discordant Couples” 

Studio 202 - Pete Hill (Cayuga) & Talia Shenandoah (Mohawk)

“Healing from Historical Trauma For Indigenous Communities & It's Relevance To Two-Spirit Persons And HIV”

3:50pm - 4:50pm - BREAKOUT SESSIONS II - (1 Hour)

Underground Theater - Rick Haverkate (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) & Morgan Thomas

" See me.  Stand with me: Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health"

Studio 201 - Ben Geboe (Yankton Sioux Tribe)

"Wiyaka Beauty/De-stigmatizing HIV & Native Harm Reduction Programs"

Studio 202 - Albert McLeod (Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation & Metis)

"Two-Spirit Artists Reclaiming Erotica and Sexual Health Narratives"

4:50pm - 5:00pm - END OF DAY - Outdoor Garden / Daily Reflection / Smudging

(10 minutes)

Supported by

The American Indian Community House Inc.

special guest speakers

Isadore Boni - San Carlos Apache


Welcome Address

HIV+ Over 50 Survivor, Education & Advocacy

Isadore Boni was born and raised on the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona. He is 52 years old and celebrated his 17th year of living with HIV on May 2. A graduate of Arizona State University in social work, he worked for his tribe and left after being diagnosed because of stigma. After going public on a local tv station in 2004 he became the Native face of AIDS in Phoenix where he also disclosed he was Two-Spirit to the viewers of Arizona. He began speaking at all school levels and traveled Native America to speak about preventing

HIV/AIDS. His first tv interview also led to many media interviews including the front page of the Arizona state newspaper in 2005. His diagnosis included Hepatitis C which cleared itself in 2010. Being an advocate he fought his tribal council to bring HIV education and testing to his tribe and won. In 2010 he brought 25 agencies from Phoenix to provide information and education on National Native American AIDS Awareness Day. It has become an annual event ever since. He also fought to create a tribal HIV privacy law which was passed by his tribal council and now exists in the tribal health codes. Since 2010 he has completed 8 half marathons and 3 full marathons running for HIV/AIDS awareness. His recent was the Los Angeles Marathon in March. He continues to speak and be an advocate for HIV/AIDS.

Trevor Stratton - Ojibwe


International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS

HIV+ Over 50 Survivor, Education & Advocacy

Trevor Stratton is a 54-year old, two-spirit citizen of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation near Toronto, Canada with mixed English and Ojibwe heritage. Diagnosed with HIV in 1990, he is now the Coordinator for the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA) for its host organization, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN). Trevor is a board member of the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+), the President of the board of 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations in Toronto and has just completed a 3-year term as one of two North American delegates in the NGO Delegation on the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).  Trevor is also the Interim Executive Director of the International Indigenous HIV & AIDS Community (IIHAC).

Ron Rowell - Choctaw Nation


Keynote Speaker

Ron Rowell is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma  of Choctaw, Kaskaskia, and French-Norman descent, originally from  Ardmore, Oklahoma.  He retired as chief  executive officer of the Common Counsel Foundation of Oakland,  California in 2013 after 13 years working in philanthropy. Prior to  coming to CCF he served as Program Officer for Social Justice at The San  Francisco Foundation.  He earned his  undergraduate degree in South Asia Studies and his master’s degree in  Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. His professional career included health planning, refugee resettlement,  economic development with American Indian tribes, international development, and HIV/AIDS, and philanthropy.   He founded the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center in 1987 and became its first executive director.  His  community service has included serving on the board of Native Americans  in Philanthropy as a member for six years and as its president for  three. He served for over 25 years as a board member and 20+ years as  board president at the Friendship House Association of American Indians  of San Francisco.  Ron was appointed as a German  Marshall Fund Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow in 2005 serving  the Community Foundations of Berlin and Dresden, Germany. He served as a  member and president of the French- American Cultural Society at the  Consulate General of France in San Francisco for seven years.  His  awards include the 2007 Bay Area American Indian Local Hero Award from  KQED Public TV and the diploma of Knight of the Order of Arts and  Letters by the French Minister of Culture in 2016.  He lives with his husband of 43 years, Tom Vitek, in his home in Oakland, California.

Hosts & Speakers

PrEPahHontoz - Lakota Sioux


Mistress of Ceremony

PrEPahHontoz is a Native American spokesperson for PrEP, HIV/AIDS  Prevention and Awareness.  A community often underserved and  under-reported, PrEPahHontoz gives a voice to the Native American/First  Nations/Indigenous communities in the PrEP and HIV movement.  The  mission of PrEPahHontoz is to promote awareness, sexual health  education, and accessibility of PrEP efforts in more urban areas like  NYC, many Two-Spirit individuals from Tribes across North America remain  unaware of PrEP as an option for their HIV Prevention method arsenal. 

Pete Hill - Cayuga


Opening Blessing & Welcoming

Pete Hill is a citizen of the Cayuga Nation, Heron Clan and the “All Our Relations” Project Director at Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. where he has worked for over 26 years addressing substance abuse, HIV, suicide, and many other areas.  He has integrated several Native American cultural teachings into project design, strengths-based approaches, and programs designed to help the community to move beyond the impact of historical traumas.  The East Coast Two Spirit Society, Hepatitis Elimination Task Force, Statewide Multicultural Advisory Committee, and Trauma Informed Coalition are a few examples of his many commitments. 

Curtis Harris-Davia - San Carlos Apache


American Indian Community House, Inc.

Executive Director Address

 Curtis Harris-Davia, an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Nation, began his work in HIV in 1989 when he founded and directed the HIV Project at the American Indian Community House in New York City.  Over his ten years as the Director, he created many programs for HIV prevention and care especially designed for Native Americans.  In 1995, he created a statewide network of Education programs in five Native American communities.  For his work, he was recognized with a $100,000 award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Harris-Davia organized the first Two Spirits and HIV conference in 1991 and is organizing the second HIV and Two Spirits conference for June 2019. Since 2002, Harris-Davia has worked as a Grants Administrator at institutions of Higher Education including Columbia University, Barnard College and Montclair State University.  Harris-Davia currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Indian Community House in New York City. 

Tony Enos - Echota Cherokee


Two-Spirit Indigenous Peoples Association Conference Coordinator Address

Cherokee pop artist and actor Tony Enos celebrates a decade as a singer/songwriter/producer.  The Philly born musician uses his platform to address issues impacting indigenous communities and two-spirit youth. Even penning and releasing his hit "Two Spirit," which has become an anthem for the movement since its 2015 release on "National Coming Out Day." Also a member of the NYC Native theater community since 2015, the performer and entertainer says, "my priority as an artist is to encourage love and healing through the medicine of music where ever life takes me." Visit him online on iTunes and for more info.
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Rick Haverkate - Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians


Indian Health Services Address

Rick is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  In 1993 he earned an MPH from the University of Hawai'i. His 28-year public health career has been focused entirely on Indigenous peoples of North America. Rick has assumed a variety of roles including Community Health Educator, Public Health Advisor, and Director of Public Health at the tribal, state, and national levels. He has specialized in the operational management of HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Tobacco, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, and Community Capacity Building.  Rick currently works for the Indian Health Service as their National HIV/AIDS Program Director.


Alessandra Angelino MPH, MD


Alessandra is a fourth-year medical  student attending Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in NJ. She  is passionate about improving access to quality and  culturally-appropriate care for Indigenous youth,  and has extensive experience working with LGBTQ2S youth. She has  combined these interests surrounding the intersection of Native identity  and gender identity through creation of the “Celebrating Our Magic”  Toolkit and other projects assessing barriers youth  and their providers face in accessing/providing gender-affirming care.  Alessandra will be applying for Pediatrics residency in September 2019  and hopes to work as a pediatrician with Native and gender-expansive  youth in a tribal setting. 

Ben Geboe


Ben Geboe is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and grew up on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. He is pursuing his PhD at the McGill School of Social Work . He is using Constructivist Grounded Theory in an ethnographic qualitative study of Indigenous Nurses and Physicians in Canada working with Indigenous communities to summarize recommendations for the health and social fields focused on improving Indigenous health in Canada in the US. He has many years professional experience working in the public hospital system in NYC, and until recently served as the Executive Director of the American Indian Community House in NYC. He wrote two briefs for the McGill Institute for the Study of International Development. The first paper focused on reconciliation of Indigenous peoples in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, and the second paper focused on International Development with Indigenous peoples.  Ben founded Wiyaka Beauty in 2017 at the American Indian Community House  and expanded operations to Montreal, Canada.  Last year the company sold  $4,500 in product at famer's markets, conferences and street fairs.   Social Enterprises provide a innovative way to engage poverty stricken  Native community members impacted by HIV, homelessness and other  pressing social and health problems.  Sales opportunities provide a  positive outlet for community members to engage with the public and earn  income.  Future sales will focus on online markets and local NYC  production. 

Trudie Jackson


Trudie Jackson, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.  Currently a 3rd year doctoral student at the University of New Mexico.  Research highlights American Indian transgender women in sex work.  Trudie has worked in public health (HIV/AIDS, tobacco, and chronic disease) over 10 years.  She was the recipient of the 2008 Red Ribbon Award aka Marty Prairie Award from the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center. 

Jean-Luc Pierite


Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Jean-Luc  now resides in Boston. Prior to his election to the North American Indian Center of Boston Board of  Directors, Jean-Luc was also elected to the Community Linguist seat of  the Advisory Circle for   The Institute on  Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) for the period 2016-20. Jean-Luc volunteers with his Tribe's Language and Culture  Revitalization Program which is a collaboration with Tulane University  in New Orleans. This program is based on tradition passed from  Jean-Luc's great-grandfather Joseph Alcide Pierite, Sr., last  traditional chief and medicine man of the Tunica-Biloxi. The Tribe is an  amalgamation of members from the Central Louisiana communities of:  Tunica, Biloxi-Choctaw, Ofo, and Avoyel.

Jean-Luc has a B.A. in  Humanities with a co-major in Mass Communication and Japanese from  Dillard University in New Orleans. He also earned an A.S. in Video Game  Design from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Jean-Luc currently  is the International Procurement and Logistics Manager for The Fab  Foundation. 

Albert McLeod


Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over thirty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba.   
Albert began his Two-Spirit advocacy in Winnipeg in 1986 and became an HIV/AIDS activist in 1987. He was the director of the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force from 1991 to 2001. In 2018, Albert received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg.   
Albert lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a consultant specializing in Indigenous peoples, cultural reclamation, and cross-cultural training.
Pronouns: He/She 

Muriel Miguel


Muriel Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock) is a choreographer, director and actor, a two spirit Native elder, born in Brooklyn, NY to a Kuna father from Kuna Yala and a Rappahannock mother from Virginia. She is truly a "city" Indian. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Spiderwoman Theater, the longest running Indigenous feminist theater in North America. Muriel is a 2018 Doris Duke Artist and a 2016 John S. Guggenheim Fellow. She received an Honorary DFA from Miami University in Ohio; is a member of the National Theatre Conference and attended the Rauschenberg Residency in 2015. As an educator, for 15 years, she taught and directed a yearly production at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT) in Toronto and was Program Director for CIT's three week summer intensive at Trent University and the University of Lethbridge. She was a Program Director for the Aboriginal Dance Program at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and also an instructor there for seven years. She is a pioneer in the development of an Indigenous performance methodology and is active in the training of Indigenous actors and dancers in this culturally based method. She is a former member of the American Indian Community House Board of Directors where she served as Chairman in the 1970's.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Talia Shenandoah


 Talia Shenandoah, Youth Development Specialist has been  with ACR Health since July of 2016. She began work with LGBTQ youth at  the Q Center at ACR Health in April 2017. She has 5 years of experience  in the field of HIV/STI prevention and education.  As a Haudenosaunee woman she has a  specialized background working with Native American nations and Urban  Native communities in which she spent 4 years working with American  Indian Community House creating targeted interventions and  programming that address past trauma and promote a return to  traditional cultural beliefs for wellness. Talia is an active member of  the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Advisory Body,  and is currently acting as Co-Chair for the NYSDOH AIDS  Institute Native American ETE Advisory Board. Her passion lies in  helping others overcome barriers to healthy living through a trauma  informed lens. 

Todd Theringer


In  1987, NNAAPC was created to advocate at the national, state, and Tribal  levels for funding and proactive policies that prevented HIV in Native  communities.  During the early 80's, other National Tribal organizations  were afraid to talk about HIV/AIDS and were not speaking up about the  risks to Native Communities from HIV.  This fear based response was due  to homophobia.  NNAAPC  was created during a time when the Presidential administration wouldn't  acknowledge the AIDS crises nor even say the words HIV or AIDS.  During  the beginning of the epidemic, bigotry and homophobia were allowed to  drive policy.  Not until 1994 did the rhetoric change.  We are steadfast  in our commitment to seeing native communities free of HIV, HCV, and  STD's where health and wellness are celebrated.   Todd Theringer is the Board Chairperson of NNAAPC.  He is the  former Executive Director of the National Council of Urban Indian  Health.  Previously he worked as a Management and Program Analyst at the  Dept. of the Interior in Washington DC.   Todd is  an enrolled member of Leech Lake Ojibwe of Minnesota.  He received his  Masters in Public Policy from Harvard and holds a Masters in  International Affairs from Columbia.  

Morgan Thomas


Morgan Thomas is a writer from the Gulf Coast. They currently work with  IHS and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to share the  stories of Two Spirit and LGBTQ individuals, with a focus on improving  their healthcare.  

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1st Two Spirits and HIV Conference

This 12-minute video documents a conference in New York City for Native Americans, Two Spirits and HIV, held concurrently with Stonewall/Gay Pride celebrations, July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 1991.