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Gyasi Ross
Entries posted by Gyasi Ross
Gyasi Ross is a member of the Blackfeet Nation but has lived in the Great Pacific Northwest for a good portion of his life; in fact, his family also comes from the Suquamish Nation. He is a practicing attorney and his practice is centered around economic development for tribes. Building tribal infrastructure is Gyasi’s passion. He sees Native Speaks LLC as a natural extension of that passion—developing entrepreneurs, leaders, and stronger and more knowledgeable businesses. Gyasi’s maternal grandfather gave him his Indian name, “Oo-ni-koom-sika,” which means “Little Big Man” because Gyasi’s inquisitiveness and conversational style reminded his grandfather of an old man. Now, he tries to use these gifts to find ways to push businesses and individuals to be more ambitious and more knowledgeable to ultimately make them more successful. Gyasi comes from a family of storytellers and community leaders and he works hard to carry on the legacy.

An open letter (and invitation) to the so-called 99% from people of color (AKA the 99th percentile)

  Dear so-called 99% You suckers thought that you were so special, ennit?  You thought that your heineys were just that much better and softer and more supple than all those poor people of color, huh?  There was never any discussion of the “99%” for the past 400 years while Native lands were stolen, Native [...]

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  She triumphed over apathy. See, nobody cared whether she ultimately won or lost. Nobody cared if she showed up late for school, or if she even went to school at all. Nobody seemed to care that she regularly drove her drunken mom around to the various bars around her tiny, little reservation town when [...]

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We learn to be aware of the things of which you all are probably aware. While we can not be certain that you ARE thinking a certain thing, still based upon past experience, we’re pretty sure that you are. We check you out at as you’re checking us out. Thing is, we’ve seen your “tells” [...]

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I feel very fortunate to be given this forum to speak.  I look at my people, Native people, and realize that there are many issues and topics that are very urgent within our communities.  Rest assured, the Native journalistic community (and white folks who like to write about Natives to create a niche market) is [...]

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