tai simpson

tai simpson

Nimiipuu Nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho)


tai simpson, known as "The Storyteller" in the Indigenous language of the Nimiipuu Nation (Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho), is a powerful voice in social justice, politics, and community organizing in Boise, Idaho. A direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe, she brings her lively and enthusiastic personality to her work as an advocate and organizer.

Her education in Political Philosophy & Public Law at Boise State University and Mechanical Engineering Technology at Lewis-Clark State College shaped her academic background. As a tireless advocate for Indigenous rights, she has worked extensively on causes like Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & People, and race relations.

As the Founder & Director of the Idaho Indigenous Alliance, tai has leveraged her storytelling prowess for community change. Under her leadership, the alliance played a pivotal role in the passage of HCR033 Missing Indigenous Persons in 2020. Moreover, the Indigenous Idaho Alliance has been involved in litigation against restrictive abortion laws in Idaho, taking a stance to protect the rights of minors seeking abortion.

tai's work extends to organizing events like the Vigil for Black Lives and the State of Idaho Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women's Summit. Her impassioned speeches, which blend contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling, resonate with audiences at various platforms, including TEDxBoise and Boise State Public Radio.

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