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Native American Author Gyasi Ross to Speak Nov. 17

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 1:49 pm / October 27, 2009

Gyasi Ross

Gyasi Ross

Gyasi Ross, a Native American lawyer, warrior, teacher, entrepreneur and author, will speak at Boise State University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Student Union Hatch C Ballroom. His address, titled “Beyond Guilt: Political Correctness as a Weapon,” is free and open to the public. November is national Native American Awareness Month.

Ross is a member of the Blackfeet Nation, and his family comes from the Suquamish Tribe in Washington. He is co-founder of Native Speaks LLC, a progressive company owned by young Native professionals that provides consultation and instruction for professionals, companies and young adults. His column “The Thing About Skins” can be read weekly at www.indiancountrytoday.com.

His lecture will address the use of political correctness as a weapon that could ultimately be used against Native people (and other people of color). Ross contends that the obvious product of the self-determination era is that tribes, by and large, get to make their own determinations regarding success or failure in the areas of economics, education and tribal membership.

Ross’s visit is presented by the Intertribal Native Council (INC), a Boise State student group committed to building cultural and diverse experiences for the community, both on and off campus

“Inviting Gyasi Ross allows us to introduce our peers to the dynamics of politics, social well-being and education within Native communities,” said Tai Simpson, INC president. “It has been some time since a Native American politician, scholar or professional has been invited to speak at Boise State. Working in concert with other organizations and departments to support his visit demonstrates our commitment to building these connections, on our part and on the part of the campus community.”

Ross’s appearance is sponsored by the INC in partnership with the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Committee and the Boise State Political Science Association. INC is accepting donations at the door to offset the speaking honorarium.

For more information, contact Simpson at taisimpson1@gmail.com or (208) 514-7062.