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The Bison:  Respect           The Mantra: I Am

The Programs: End of Life Planning, Dignity in Passing

The Teaching: The bison, the land, and his resources are given absolute respect, for it is the condition of being honored. Once, there were millions of bison across the prairies, living in harmony with our people. The bison respected the people by giving every part of its being for us to live. We show respect by giving what we can and taking only what we need. This is how we respect the earth and honor the land that we stand on, for it is where we come from and it is where we will return when we die.

Application & Leadership: 

We have assigned Respect to our End of life planning & Dignity in Passing work because respect is a basic human right that must be given to all. Respect is essential for us to feel safe so we can express ourselves without fear of being judged and humiliated or discriminated against. Being respectful of others, being respected, and respecting ourselves increases our self-esteem, mental health, and inner peace.. 

Partnership Collaboration Programming:

  • Advanced Care Directives & POLST forms for TGNCI/ LGBQA+ prisoners
  • Death Doula Support
  • Estate Planning resources 
  • Grief Counseling 
  • TGNCI/LGBQIA+ memorial programs
  • Mel White Trans Memorial Garden 
  • TGNCI/LGBQIA+ Name Changes 
  • Palliative Care