- Kay LeClaire, who went by Nibiiwakamigkwe has claimed to be Native American
- Hobbyist genealogist AdvancedSmite posted research on an online forum alleging that LeClaire has been profiting from Indigenous peoples
- They has since released a statement saying that they are is not using the Ojibwe name given to them and are removing themselves from all positions and projects
- AdvancedSmite claimed they used online records and resources to find LeClaire’s true lineage – German, Swedish and French Canadian
The co-founder of a queer Indigenous artists’ collective in Wisconsin who has claimed to be Native American is being accused of being a white woman and has since stepped down from her community positions.
Kay LeClaire, who also went by the name Nibiiwakamigkwe, also identifies as ‘two-spirit,’ which is a term many Indigenous people use to describe a non-binary gender identity.
LeClaire has allegedly been profiting from the identities of Indigenous peoples, according to hobbyist genealogist AdvancedSmite as reported by Madison365.
She has claimed Métis, Oneida, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Cuban and Jewish heritage, but AdvancedSmite reportedly used online records and resources to find LeClaire’s true lineage – German, Swedish and French Canadian.
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