Ty Defoe (Giizhig) is from the Oneida and Ojibwe Tribes of Wisconsin and serves the East Coast Two Spirit Society as the lead of the Youth Council. He is a Grammy Award winner for work on Come to Me, Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs. He is a Two Spirit/Trans* activist, cultural pioneer, writer, musician, and is known for his cultural education, and Hoop and Eagle Dancing. He recently received the Indigenous Heritage Award, an award given to artists who have made major positive impacts on Indigenous people and world issues. Ty is a devoted mentor at the Alaskan Cultural Heritage Center and the Pine Ridge Playwrights Initiative.