Gyasi Ross is of both the Blackfeet nation and the Suquamish nation, and currently lives on the Port Madison Indian Reservation. He is a father, lawyer, filmmaker and author. For many people living on the reservation Ross is the only lawyer they know, he said, and so he gives legal advice as best he can. Above his various vocations, Ross is most passionate about being a father to his son.
Ross also gives lectures where he speaks about the importance of mentorship for the youth of today, and with the help of a couple grants, he got his start in filmmaking through making YouTube videos. Ross is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and Indian Country Today. He has also authored two books: the first, Don’t Know Much About Indians (But I Wrote a Book About Them Anyways) and the second, How to Say I Love You in Indian. Both are compilations of short stories, poems and essays.
Written by Jessica Gibbs.
Interviews were conducted by Georgiana Lee and edited by Jessica Gibbs.