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For 500 years Native American/Alaskan Native people have been impacted by Historical and Intergenerational Trauma. This impact includes colonization, assimilation, acculturation, loss of land, culture, language, loss of Native identity, sexual violence, and human trafficking.
Historically, Two-Spirit people were treated with the utmost respect and honor and revered in tribal communities before European colonization. Europeans and missionaries came in and took away this belief by murdering Two-Spirit people. For the love of their people tribal leaders hid their Two-Spirit people and also forgot about them.
Two-Spirit is a term that was created in order to identify Native American LGBTQ people who wanted to get away from the mainstream identity. Two-Spirit was created to identify people who are culturally connected and have a Native identity.
Tate Topa Consulting was created in order to educate, bring awareness, advocate, and to train organizations on how to provide proper services to address Native American Historical and Intergenerational Trauma and the impact on the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ community. These traumas include, substance abuse, mental health issues, violence of all forms which include sexual and domestic violence.
Recent study states:
More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women (84.3 percent) have experienced violence in their lifetime.
More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native men (81.6 percent) have experienced violence in their lifetime
National Institute of Justice Research Report, Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men; 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, Andre B. Rosay, Ph.D., May 2016.