Taylor is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, concentrating on government and politics, journalism and broadcasting, and American Indian Studies. He undertook additional study at Stanford University. He was a Walter Mondale Fellow at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) where he participated in a German-Marshall Fund consultation with the re-unified German government.
For over thirty years, Roy Taylor has worked on behalf of Indigenous Peoples, American Indians/Native Americans and other marginalized or under-represented communities and groups. His professional capabilities and roles include being an analyst, educator, lobbyist, organizer, researcher, spokesman, writer, and, public and community service.
He was the American Indian Liaison to Mayor Don Fraser, and, the City Council of Minneapolis; also, a district staff assistant to Congressman Martin Sabo of Minnesota, and, the Director of Public Policy for Catholic Charities in the Twin Cities. He was appointed by Governor Arne Carlson to serve a four-year term as a Commissioner on the Metropolitan Council’s Waste Water Control Board.