Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 as she talks with Roy Taylor and we look back at some of the Native news events of the year - local and national. Mr. Taylor is a consultant in Public Affairs focusing on American Indian Peoples, Tribes and Communities, and their impact on, Arts and Culture, Civic and Political Engagement, Pluralism and Multi-Culturalism, Environment and Natural Resources, Communication and Social Media, and, Philanthropy and Community Relations. He volunteers as a museum guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, specializing in non-Western Art, particularly Africa, Japan & Korea, Oceania, and Native North, Central and South America. He has been a long time Board Member for the American Indian Policy Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also a current member of the Native American Journalists Association headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma.
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.
Roy W. Taylor, Jr., is an “enrolled” member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, from the “Wolf” Band and the “Pumpkin” Clan. He is also recognized as part Choctaw and Southern Cheyenne.
Mr. Taylor is the paternal great-great grandson of, “White Eagle”, the last Head Chief of the Nebraska Pawnees, before their removal to Indian Territory in the 19th century. His maternal great-great grandfather, “Looks and Kills”, was also a Choctaw Headman. His Father, Roy Sr. was a two term Pawnee Tribal Business Council Member until his retirement, and he was asked to serve on the Nasharo Band Chief’s Council, but had to decline due to ill health.
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.