Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet) is a writer and attorney. He has spoken at dozens of campuses nationwide on topics related to Native America as well as broader discussions on race, racism and white privilege. He recently keynoted at the 16th Annual White Privilege Conference in Louisville KY.
Ross is the author of two books, Don't Know Much About Indians (but I wrote a book about us anyways) (2011) and How to Say I Love You in Indian (2014). "I come from a family of storytellers. My family tells long stories, drinking coffee and blowing smoke in your face. It just fit for me to tell stories, and then I started writing them."
Ross writes for the Huffington Post, Indian Country Today, Deadspin and Gawker. His article, "Is there a Problem? Racism, White Privilege and that 'Scary' Brown Man" recently went viral.
Ross also appears regularly on various talk shows and news programs to discuss current issues - from politics to sports, pop culture to history, the environment to immigration - and all the intersections with Native life and national dialogues about race. He also writes and speaks about historic and contemporary relations between African Americans and Native Americans.
Ross confesses that although he wasn't always the best student when he was younger, he was still a smart kid. "I was seen as very intelligent, but underachieving," Ross recalls. Yet, despite his early educational struggles - he attended six colleges, including two tribal colleges, before graduating from Columbia Law School - Gyasi continued in the family tradition of working within the community and telling his people's stories. And drawing from his own background, Ross is a powerful inspiration and mentor to young people wherever he speaks.