Missing & Murdered Two Spirit People Project Assistant
Lenny Hayes, MA, is an enrolled citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton-Oyate of the northeast corner of South Dakota. Lenny is also owner and operator of Tate Topa Consulting, LLC. He has extensive training in mental and chemical health issues that impact the Two-Spirit/LGBTQ community. Lenny has always
worked within the Native American community which includes the American Indian Family Center, St. Paul, MN, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and was a consultant/therapist with the Little Earth of United Tribes, Minneapolis, MN. He is currently in private
practice specializing in Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ issues with adults and youth. Lenny was most recently selected to be a technical assistant/consultant with the Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, D.C. He also recently accepted a position as a consultant with SAMSHA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance.
His lived experience and training have made him a sought after workshop presenter on Native American Historical and Intergenerational Trauma and how it impacts the Native American community as well as the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ individual and community. Lenny has traveled nationally training on Two-
Spirit/Native LGBTQ issues.
Lenny also co-facilitated Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ Support Group with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center in which participants are able to discuss mental health issues that impacts this
Lenny is involved with several local LGBTQ organizations and is former Chairman of the Board of the MN Two-Spirit Society. As Chairman of the Board of the MN Two-Spirit Society he helped and assisted Native organizations in developing policies in the protection, safety, and non-discrimination of Two-
Spirit/Native LGBTQ people in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Lenny is a Board member to the First Nations Repatriation Institute, an Advisory Committee Member with the Capacity Building Center for Tribes, LGBTQ Advisory Co-Chair Council Member for the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition,
Advisory Council Member for The National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency for LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Children and Youth in Foster Care, committee member for ACE-DV Leadership Forum with the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence, and a former Council Member for the MN HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Council and Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ Advisory Committee Member for the Center for Native American Youth, Washington, D.C. Lenny was recently selected to be a recipient of the 2018 Bonnie Heavy Runner Advocacy Award at the 16th National Indian Nations Conference “Justice for Victims of Crime.”