We are an Anishinaabe, Two-Spirit, and sober led grassroots organization. We are a two year old organization and growing exponentially. Our staff and core volunteers all walk a sober road. We emphasize healing and sobriety in our leadership as a true form of decolonization. The Native Justice Coalition is also Two-Spirit led. We have an old time but bold approach that is needed to challenge internalized colonization, internalized oppression, lateral violence, addiction, and community brokenness across Anishinaabe Aki. With this strong foundation we can bring greater healing to our people and communities.
Cecelia Rose LaPointe - FOUNDER & Executive Director
Nigig-enz Baapi nindizhinikaaz. Ajijaak doodem. Kchiwiikwedong miinawaa Mashkiziibi nindonjibaa.
My name is Little Laughing Otter. I am crane clan. I come from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway.
Cecelia is Ojibway/Métis and is Mashkiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway or LaPointe Band of Ojibway) and Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community). They are enrolled in Mashkiziibi and maintain a strong community affiliation to Kchiwiikwedong. Cecelia identifies as Two-Spirit based in their culture. They have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Cecelia has been fiercely walking a sober road since January 2nd 2010. They have survived settler colonial racism on numerous occasions as a form of every day resistance.
Cecelia is the Founder and Owner of Red Circle Consulting and Waub Ajijaak Press. The Native Justice Coalition is currently a project under Red Circle Consulting. They are a Consultant, Poet, Writer, and Author. Learn more about their work, writing, and poetry on their website.
leora lancaster - two-spirit project coordinator
Meskwa’aa-Opwaagan-Ikwe - Leora L Lancaster, is a contingent special instructor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University and MA candidate in Education Administration: American Indian Education Administration and Supervision. Her research involves Postcolonial Indigenous Theory, Tribal Critical Race Theory, and Indigenous pedagogy with an emphasis of teachings from the Great Lakes Anishinaabeg, Three Fires Confederacy. In addition to education, Lancaster works predominantly in the medium of photography. Through her postmodern Indigenous approach, she advocates the Indigenous Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization Movement. She is represented in the permanent collection of the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University. Leora is working on the launch of the Native Justice Coalition’s Two-Spirit Project. She will conduct community outreach and organizing across Anishinaabe Aki in 2019 as we build new relationships, focus on decolonization, health, and healing in our communities.
Grey shea - healing stories project coordinator
Meskwa Gekek Kwe n'dizhinikaaz. Migizi n'doodem. Bahweting n'doonjibaa. My name is Grey Shea. I am from Bahweting (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) and am a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from the Eagle Clan. They are a recent 2019 graduate of the Native American Studies major at Northern Michigan University, with a special interest in learning Anishinaabemowin (the Anishinaabe language). They have served as the Vice President of the Native American Student Association for a year and a half, and have worked at the Center for Native American Studies for two years. Their biggest passion in life is Anishinaabe mino-bimaadiziwin (living a good life) and they plan to work on furthering Anishinaabe language and culture revitalization. Grey identifies as Two-Spirit and has walked a sober road their entire life. They will be working on community outreach for our events, mentorship of Story Sharers, and building up a stronger Anishinaabe Healing Stories on Racial Justice Project in our second year of the program.
Samantha hale - youth community outreach volunteer
Samantha is a 14 year old Bahweting (Sault Saint Marie Band of Chippewa Indians) tribal member. She attends J.K.L Bahweting Anishnabe Public School Academy in Bahweting. Sam enjoys community organizing and outreach in Anishinaabe Aki. Currently she is having over 100 middle schoolers work on different charity projects in groups of 17 with my partner for our class project. Everything they raise will go to the community. Some of her hobbies are charity work, playing instruments, designing buildings, or hanging out with friends. She has participated in the Native Justice Coalition’s Anishinaabe Healing Stories on Racial Justice Project, Anishinaabe Environmental Justice Project, as well as she was a presenter and panelist at our 2nd Annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference. Sam will be volunteering with youth community outreach for the NJC and we are excited to watch her leadership grow!
Philomena Kebec - harm reduction Project volunteer
Philomena is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. She currently serves as the Co-Coordinator of Gwayakobimaadiziwin Bad River Harm Reduction, along with Aurora Conley. Gwayakobimaadizin is an all-volunteer tribal harm reduction program offering syringe exchange and overdose prevention services since 2015. The program serves people who inject drugs, their friends and family members who live in and around the Bad River Indian Reservation with respect and dignity, access to sterile injection equipment, overdose prevention services, food and other services. Philomena enjoys living in Ojibwe traditional territory and spends free time harvesting wild food and medicine with her two children.
Jazz McKinney - Two-Spirit Project Volunteer
Jazz is a Black and Indigenous (Cherokee and Ojibwe) Two-Spirit individual that currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They received their Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and their bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Women and Gender Studies from Grand Valley State University. They currently work as a LGBTQ+ Domestic and Sexual Violence Outreach Therapist at YWCA West Central Michigan. Jazz has been involved with advocacy and activism in the LGBTQ+ community for over 15 years as well as racial justice work. Also, they serve on the boards of the Grand Rapids Pride Center and GVSU’s Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center. Jazz is passionate about working to decolonize gender roles and identities as well as discussing the impact that harmful gender binaries can cause within our communities.
Board of Directors
Updated information on its way neebin (summer) 2019. Stayed tuned.