June 11th, 2020 Last Updated on: June 12th, 2020
Pow Wow Nation Live show this week will feature an interview with Shane Ortega. I discuss with Shane racism in American.
Shane Ortega is a combat veteran who has traveled learning from Indigenous culture.
Join us for an open conversation about the past, present, and future of our country.
More about Shane Ortega
Shane Ortega is an Afro-Native of Tuscarora and black descent, a retired disabled combat Veteran (Marines and Army), and Two-spirit (Transgender) man. He has dedicated his life to champion human rights legislation and policy for our people.
As an advocate and educator in multiple topics including indigenous rights, disabled veterans' rights, MMIW, two-spirit education, land sovereignty, and colonial/tribal law relationship. Shane has given speeches at universities, hospitals, corporations like Apple, media advertisements, and even legislative work at the Pentagon and Federal levels.
In 2019 he was recognized with the Icon award from Harper's Bazaar as one of the three most influential champions of human rights for people of color in America. Shane is also a continuous learner of traditional ceremony and dance. He dances the Eastern war and Iroquoian style.
He is currently in his senior year of college, majoring in Public Health and Policy. He is interning with IHS working on Two-spirit care policy and doing contract non-profit work surrounding land acknowledgments and reparations. Shane plans to continue on for a Master's in Cultural Anthology and resettlement on his ancestral lands in North Carolina.