Real Native Roots: Untold Stories presents Simon Moya-Smith, an Oglala Lakota and Chicano writer and journalist. Raised to stand up for the rights of Indigenous peoples, to rage against the use of Indian mascots, and later against police brutality and oil and gas pipelines, Simon continues to fight the good fight with humor, wit, and truth. Hear how his Indigenous Chicana mother, grandmother, and grandfather nurtured him with love, food, wisdom, music, and connection to his Oglala Lakota roots. Join us as Simon shares personal stories about his passion for music, purple prose, tacos, and hopes for us to be kind to each other. Follow him on Twitter @simonmoyasmith.
Simon's work appears on The Nation, NBC News, Insider, Vice, Fodor’s Travel, and Lonely Planet. Moya-Smith has a Master of Arts in Political Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. Along with writing, Moya-Smith teaches Indigenous Studies and Media at the University of Colorado. He is a frequent guest on NPR, CNN, and SiriusXM where he discusses Indigenous topics. His new book, “Your Spirit Animal is a Jackass –Natives, Food, and White F*ckery,” is forthcoming.
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