Regan Loggans, also known as Regan de Loggans
Regan Loggans, also known as Regan de Loggans, is seen in center of photo at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C, on April 1, 2021. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Indigenous Kinship Collective issues statement about finances and founder
Monday, February 28, 2022
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The Indigenous Kinship Collective of New York City broke a self-imposed social media silence and issued a statement about the group’s fundraising activities and its founder, following the publication of an Indianz.Com investigation into Regan Loggans, also known as Regan de Loggans.

In a statement posted on Instagram on Sunday, the group expanded on its decision to stop raising funds. The group said it had distributed over $75,000 in the last couple of years and would stop after the final $988.33 was distributed.

“After 2 years, the time commitment has become unsustainable for the treasurers and other members regularly involved,” the statement read. “Also, we have collectively decided to do more on the ground community building.”

Addressing concerns raised on social media, the group said it would not disclose where any of the $75,000+ has been spent. Some of the followers of the Instagram account have been asking for “receipts” of the distributions.

“Releasing names of people who needed funds is a breach of their privacy,” the statement read. “We do have a spreadsheet that we share internally. Any of the active members can view it.”

According to the statement, the Indigenous Kinship Collective has about a “dozen active members.” Besides Loggans, who claims to have founded the co-founded the group, another prominent member is Korinna Emmerich, a prominent fashion designer in New York City who continues to assert a Native affiliation despite lacking ties to her claimed tribal nation.

Emmerich had responded to the group’s February post about ceasing fundraising activities with a simple “heart” emoji.

Indigenous Kinship Collective
Korinna Emmerich, a fashion designer in New York City who claims Native heritage, reacted to a February 15, 2022, post from the Indigenous Kinship Collective with a heart emoji. Image represents a screenshot of the post, combined with a separate screenshot of Emmerich’s reaction.

As for others involved, the statement did not identify any of the group’s “treasurers.” According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, the original Indigenous Kinship Collective money accounts were controlled by an individual whose own claims of tribal identity have shifted over the years. This individual is currently connected to a media organization in New York City that has produced Native-related content — some of it featuring Loggans.

But the group insisted that Loggans, the self-described “agitator” who is more prominently known as Regan de Loggans, has “never” controlled the group’s finances. Some online followers have been asking whether the money has benefited the proclaimed founder.

“Regan has never had any direct access to any of IKC’s funds since they are not one of our treasurers,” the statement read.

The group further acknowledged controversy surrounding Loggans, who admitted in a statement to Indianz.Com that they are not “enrolled” in any tribal nation. After claiming to be “Mississippi Choctaw” starting around 2017, Loggans removed a significant reference to their claimed tribal affiliation from Instagram, where they had built a sizable platform of more than 23,000 followers.

“We don’t know yet because much of this information is new and we are still processing it individually,” the Indigenous Kinship Collective said of Loggans in the statement on Sunday.

“Apart from Regan’s accountability on their personal public account, our group accountability around them is still to be determined,” the statement continued, an apparent reference to Loggans’ online platform.

“It will take time to schedule discussions and reach a consensus with around a dozen active members,” the group said.

In response to the statement, followers of @indigenouskinshipcollective noted that Loggans has closed their Instagram account to the public. Even so, some people who already follow the account said they have been unable to interact with Loggans — by posting comments, for example.

The Indigenous Kinship Collective, as it is known today, traces it origins to the work of Noel Altaha, a citizen of the White Mountain Apache Tribe who previously resided in New York City. In early 2018, she began organizing a gathering in New York that led to the formation of the “Indigenous Womxn Collective” in October of that year. Loggans attended the event, at Altaha’s invitation.

But in early June 2019, Loggans announced the ouster of Altaha from “leadership of IWC” in an email to members. In the message, Loggans continued to use the “Indigenous Womxn Collective” name, as well as the “IWC” initials, highlighting Altaha’s role in getting the group off the ground.

Subsequent emails seen by Indianz.Com were sent to several individuals in New York City. The messages list nearly two dozen recipients — including names of people like Emmerich who have remained active within the group.

A month later, the group announced “Indigenous Kinship Collective” as its new name.

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