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Vanessa Bolin (Saponi, Tsalagi, Chahta)

Sexual freedom to me means being able to choose not only my partner but how I respond to them. It means either with a partner or own my own, to honor and except gratification of an orgasm of pleasure. It means that I am a whole person with or without someone stimulating me to make me feel complete and beautiful and whole. I am enough, I am powerful and I own my sexuality in every way.

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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