This Week From Indian Country writes in its Jan. 18, 2012 edition about the Suquamish Tribe's recent decision to recognize same-sex marriages. The Suquamish is the first tribe in Washington state to do so.
Heather Purser is a tribal citizen but she has fair skin and red hair and that makes her “Indianness” invisible. The article makes a good point that "Being lesbian is like that, too, she says, invisible yet a vital part of her identity."
Purser, 29, stood up at her tribe’s annual General Council meeting in March 2011 and asked if the tribe would support her desire to be able to legally marry another woman. Tribal general councils is usually where any and all tribal members can, by voice vote, approve or reject issues brought up by other members. Her request was approved.
"Purser was overwhelmed at the affirmation. “Indian people, especially in my community, are way more understanding [about discrimination] because they’ve been through it. The elders know what it’s like to go to school and have their hair cut off and be called a filthy, sick person just because of who they are.”