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Joye Braun (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)

What does sexual freedom mean to me? It’s utilizing our traditional teachings to empower our roles as women and leaders, as mothers and grandmothers. Our traditional teachings are so much more aware of the power of the feminine. It’s breaking free of the chains of colonialism, its patriarchal misuse of the divine and its controlling abuse of our people and to decolonize, to really embrace that awareness of the sacred which is within us all. That’s freedom.

The Three Rs: Recognize, Realize, and Reconciliation

August 15 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Presenters: Jen Deerinwater, Cedar Woman/Lorraine Clements (Anishanaabe Ojibwe Ogichida (Bear Clan)), Joye Braun (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), Valerie Proctor (Cedarville band of Piscataway Indians), Vanessa Bolin (Saponi, Tsalagi, Chahta)

From the first contact with the European invaders Indigenous reproductive systems, matrilineal, and multi-gendered ways have been systematically attacked with attempts to dismantle our traditions through over 500 years of on-going genocide.  As a result, Indigenous people continue to face erasure, misclassification, and violence often unbeknownst to the non-Native people living on our lands. It’s crucial for Indigenous people to be recognized and honored if we are ever able to have reproductive justice and sexual freedom. Our day-long institute covers…

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