Minnie Two Shoes, 1950-2010
Another sad passing for Indian country. Minnie Two Shoes, a leader with the Native American Journalists Association, passed away yesterday after battling cancer. On top of Wilma Mankiller’s death last week, it’s another big loss.
I can’t help but note that she and Mankiller were both only in their early sixties. They should have been around to share their wisdom much longer.
“As journalists, we are very special people, and have a very serious responsibility,” Two Shoes said in the above NAJA video. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun along the way.”
She also shared a bit of her notable humor, talking about some of the various conquests she had a NAJA conferences over the years.
From her bio:
“Minnie Two Shoes was an Assiniboine Sioux from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. A publicist for the American Indian Movement from 1970-1976 she later worked endlessly as a team member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) starting in 1994 to help unlock information regarding the 1975 murder of Annie Mae Pictou-Aquash. She served several terms as a board member of NAJA, was an editor for Native Peoples from 1996-98 and in Canada for several publications, and had previously worked with the Wotanin Wowapi at Fort Peck as a writer and columnist for ‘Red Road Home’ specializing in stories on water rights, air quality, environment, oil and gas and economic development. She also a contributing writer for News From Indian Country.”