Iiniim weniikt wees Ahtitwahtat.
Sooyapo weniikt wees Tai Simpson.
Tai Simpson is “The Storyteller” in the indigenous language of the Nimiipuu nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho). She lives and works in the Boise, Idaho area. Her insight into politics and social justice work are invaluable in schools, business events, and community leadership.
She is a direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe and a tireless advocate for social justice. Tai’s academic background is in Political Philosophy & Public Law at Boise State University where she served as the vice president and president of the Intertribal Native Council student organization. In the community, she serves as an organizer and social change advocate.
Tai believes indigenous “old ways” need to come back in style. The old ways are principles on which many indigenous communities build their social and political narratives. As an antiracism activist and community leader, she uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to depict the lens of “old ways” and how it is used to protect the sacred, build strength in the community, and keep nature in balance.
She speaks with authentic conviction on issues afflicting marginalized communities including race, Missing & Murdered Indigenous women, and the intersections of oppression facing the United States. Her appearances and interviews can be heard or read on Boise State Public Radio, TEDxBoise, and several news outlets.
Tai will create and adapt one of several workshops for your event. Topics include implicit bias training, diversity & inclusion, anti-racism education, indigenous contemporary & traditional storytelling, and women's empowerment.
Keynote & Motivational Speaking
Be inspired, learn, and laugh with Tai. She will engage you through storytelling focusing on building community, amplifying the principle of protecting the sacred, and social justice advocacy. Her dynamic and animated oration changes the lives of her audience.
Allow Tai to direct traffic, entertain, and keep your event moving. Her clever banter and storytelling engages the attention and devotion of your audience.
Idaho Speakers Bureau
Tai is a member of the Idaho Speakers Bureau. The Idaho Speakers Bureau connects event planners to professional, vetted speakers and subject-matter experts.
We believe in the power of communication to affect change, inspire, and equip. Our members are eager to offer their expertise and professionalism for the benefit of their Idaho community. Each of our communicators is vetted by a coach to ensure they meet the standards of professionalism for our industry.
Indigenous Peoples Movement
Tai is a member of the Indigenous Peoples Movement Speakers Bureau. The Indigenous Peoples Movement is a collective of peoples from all over the world, from all nations, uniting in the stand against adverse issues affecting our lands, peoples, and cultures. The IPM is a place where we can stand together, speak our truths and collaborate. Our mission is to eliminate the borders of our injustices! Indigenous Peoples Movement is uniting peoples from across the world to stand together to bring awareness to the issues affecting indigenous men, women, children and two spirits.
Telling her story
Tai has visited countless classrooms, traveled miles to be a part of conferences, marches, rallies, workshops, and events. These are notable recent events at which Tai has spoke. Click the photo to listen & watch the speech.
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