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Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar) Papers

Identifier: Tretter-308

Scope and Content

The Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar) Papers include manuscript, visual, and digital materials. Coverage includes general Two-Spirit issues, the representation of Native Americans in the national GLBT community, gender identity, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and the organizational records of the American Indian Gay and Lesbian Center in Minneapolis, MN. Manuscript materials include event flyers, publications (full magazines, newsletters, and booklets, as well as clipped articles), correspondence (from private individuals, inmates, and organizations), fundraising materials, and posters. Visual materials include photos of fundraising events and several enclosures from different correspondents. Digital media includes several floppy disks. The artifacts within the collection are largely ceremonial and include packets of loose tobacco, sage, cedar needles, and a woven basket. Three folders contain relevant materials to the trans community and are marked with an asterisk (*) in the folder list below.


  • Creation: 1937 - 2013

Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Restrictions on Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Material related to lawsuits present in the Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar) Papers are restricted until the year 2045.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch or Historical Note

Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar). Anguksuar is a local Twin Cities Native American artist and activist. In the mid-1980s, he formed the American Indian Gays and Lesbians Resource Center and played a pivotal role in organizing many of the Two-Spirit International Gatherings throughout the 1990s. He is currently active in public health and native language revitalization advocacy.


19 Linear Feet (19 record cartons)


The Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar) Papers includes paper records, visual materials, artifacts, and digital media from community activist Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar). These records document the organization founded by LaFortune, the American Indian Gays and Lesbians in the Twin Cities.

Related Materials

Minnesota Men of Color, Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

Randy Burns papers. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Richard LaFortune Papers
Aiden Bettine
October 2022
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

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