SOUTH DAKOTA - Each year, the Advocate‘s ‘Champions of Pride’ issue profiles LGBTQ+ activists, artists, politicians and others from each state who are changing the world for the better. Each Champion is an example of how LGBTQ+ people can make a difference in local communities and beyond.
As the Indigenous justice organizer, Brings Plenty works to build the ACLU’s public education and advocacy programs through coalition-building, leadership development, communication and lobbying and leads the ACLU’s efforts surrounding the First Amendment right to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, strengthening voting accessibility to tribal communities and Two Spirit visibility work.
Brings Plenty – who identifies as Two Spirit, a modern umbrella term for indigenous people that recognizes there are multiple genders and that sexuality can be fluid – has a history of making change happen. As a Lakota cultural practitioner and through her spiritual activism, Brings Plenty works to bring her medicine to the Oyaté and advocates especially for the empowerment and visibility of Two Spirit warriors to reclaim their walk of life in the sacred circle.
Brings Plenty joined the ACLU of South Dakota in 2019.