Montana

Two Spirit Society

Working to Build Healthy Native & Indigenous Two Spirit Communities

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The SW Two Spirit Society presents:

Two Spirit Elder Lifetime Achievement Award 2022
Steven Barrios Long Time Holy Rain
Blackfeet Tribe

We are honored to have Two Spirit Elder Steven Barrios as part of the Two-Spirit Grand Entry / GON 2022 at the Gathering of Nations Powwow. We will honor Steven Barrios at the "Honoring Our Two Spirit Elders" Dinner & Award Reception on April 30, 2022.

Since 1997, Steven Barrios has been involved with the Montana Two Spirit Society, a community organization working to educate about and provide services for the Native / Indigenous Two Spirit community. Steven Barrios has served on the Society board for over 25 years and has been instrumental in planning and conducting the Montana Two Spirit Gathering, which celebrated its 25th Annual Gathering in 2021. Passionate about having Native Two Spirit communities reclaim their traditions and culture that were nearly wiped out as a result of colonization, Steven Barrios has conducted Two Spirit classes, presentations, and community organizing. Their work is currently helping to inspire Two Spirit youth to learn that they are not alone and have special gifts and skills that can help them build strength and resiliency.

2021 Montana Two Spirit Gathering

What we stand for

Health, Wellness & Spiritual Well-Being

Honoring Traditions of Acceptance

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

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CULTURAL EXPRESSION

We provide a safe and inclusive circle that honors the various histories and traditions of Native and Indigenous cultures.  Each unique cultural heritage can offer a  foundational strength that is powerfully relevant as we navigate modern health and societal issues.

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We raise awareness about two spirit and Native LGBT issues through presentations, marches, participating in regional and national gatherings, and hosting the Annual International Two Spirit Gathering.

  EDUCATION & AWARENESS
ANNUAL GATHERING

This annual weekend retreat is for Native, First Nations, and Indigenous Two Spirit people, their partners, family and friends.  The gathering is

a safe, healthy, drug and alcohol free environment. 

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"Two Spirited people were often the visionaries, the healers and the medicine people.  They were respected as fundamental components of our ancient culture and societies."
-Two Spirit People of the 1st Nations