Gyasi Ross, An Inspiring Writer, Attorney, Activist

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Gyasi Ross, An Inspiring Writer, Attorney, Activist Gyasi Ross, An Inspiring Writer, Attorney, Activist Levi Blackwolf and Wolfn Photography

Gyasi Ross is a member of the Blackfoot Nation and his family also comes from the Suquamish Tribe. He is a father, a writer, filmmaker, attorney and activist.

Gyasi Ross is a graduate of Columbia Law School, currently practices law representing tribes for Crowell Law Offices-Tribal Advocacy Group and is co-owner and Vice-President of Red Vinyl Records. His first book of short stories and poems, "Don't Know Much About Indians" was published in August 2011 and is in its second printing.

 

The book has made an impact in Indian Country and beyond and has received universally positive reviews. Gyasi is also a frequent contributor to Indian Country Today Media Network, and has contributed to other publications including The Seattle Times and The Huffington Post.

Gyasi Ross on Change The Mascost Name Redskins Controversy


Gyasi Ross on ESPN Outside The Lines (Edited), Change The Mascot, Change The Name Redskins Debate. Attorney Gyasi Ross joins a panel including Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation; Ray Halbritter, CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises; and Evan Redmon, discussing the Redskins name controversy. Televised April 24, 2014.

I come from the Blackfeet reservation from what would be considered a "traditional family." My family was involved in ceremonies and pow-wows and language stuff and my grandpa, Percy Bullchild was super traditional – very well-respected at home, and wrote a book with a major publisher on our creation stories and morality tales.


THEN... I was uprooted. I moved to Seattle. All of a sudden, the only Indians that I see are the drunk ones down in Steinbreuck Park or on 2nd Avenue. I'm not a super traditional Indian OR a drunk Indian, so I'm thinking "Where are the "regular Indians" – not the super traditional Indians, like my grandpa, not the drunks, like on 2nd Avenue? I didn't see them, the so-called "regular" folks – they (we) were always invisible and if they're invisible to ME, well they are sure as heck are invisible to non- Natives.


Well, this book is full of "regular Indians" – people who have day jobs, college students, kids in love, rez drama, insecure folks, etc... It doesn't stay exclusively in the land of super Indians or drunks, although they're discussed briefly. Instead, this book is primarily about the Indians that you and I know best – the ones just trying to make it and who are like, literally, 99.999% of other Americans. It shows that there is a place between spectacle and super-Indian in which we can dwell;

Universal VIP - Stunning Short Film, All Native Cast 
Shorter than 'The Lone Ranger,' but with a Higher IQ

Universal VIP is an intelligent short film with an all-Native cast that was written, produced, and directed by Natives. It's based on the short story "Unworthy" by Gyasi Ross and directed by Ken White and Gyasi Ross. Its stars are Lily Gladstone (Winter in the Blood), Tatanka Means (Tiger Eyes), and Elaine Miles (Skins, Smoke Signals). The film was made possible in part by the generous support of The First Nations Development Institute. This film is intended for educational purposes only.




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This new book of stories and poems by Gyasi Ross is a worthy successor to his popular first book Don't Know Much About Indians. Buy it now!

 



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