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Native American Tribe In Michigan Enacts Marriage Equality

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa IndiansThe Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has become the third tribal nation in the United State to pass a marriage–equality statute. The Michigan-based tribe will now perform same-sex weddings and recognize those performed elsewhere.

A similar measure failed last July by a single vote. The tribe now joins the Coquille of Southern Oregon and the Suquamish of Washington State.

“We have our own constitution, our own court system, and our own government, police force [and], Department of Natural Resources, so it’s our right to express equality,” said former Odawa Council Chairman Ken Harrington. “In my mind, we’re all equal in our creator’s eye.”

A tribal LGBT equality toolkit released by Indigenous Ways of Knowing in 2012 is geared toward helping Native communities enact inclusive laws and practices.


  • 6 Comments
    • MuscleModelBlog.com
      MuscleModelBlog.com

      Awesome! Maybe other tribes will follow their lead.

      Mar 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charles175
      Charles175

      Glad to see that some native American tribes are bringing back a hint of the ancient ways prior to to the invasive European changes.

      Mar 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @Charles175: To be fair, we kicked them out of Europe because they didn’t like changes here.

      Mar 7, 2013 at 4:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      I bet the log cabin repugnant-clans will take full credit.

      Mar 7, 2013 at 5:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ken
      Ken

      I once talked to a Native American who said he hated Europeans because they stole his tribe’s land, culture, religion, and language. So when he was stationed with the military in Europe, he never left the base. I told him that it had been a stupid thing to do. He looked at my angrily and demanded to know why I said that. I said, “Those were the nice Europeans who stayed home and left your people alone.” After a pause he said, “Oh no, I wasted all that time!”

      Mar 7, 2013 at 8:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kenarddillon
      kenarddillon

      I hope that my native Navajo Nation follows suit!

      Mar 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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