Simon Moya-Smith is an Oglala Lakota and Chicano journalist. He earned a Master of Arts degree in political journalism in 2013 from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in ethnic studies in 2007 from the University of Colorado Denver. Moya-Smith is a former staff writer of the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post, and NBC News. He has lectured at numerous universities on the subject of contemporary Native America and appeared as a pundit on Al Jazeera, MTV, FOX News, NPR, SiriusXM Radio, Mother Jones, CNN, and numerous other networks and publications. In 2014, he was the lead writer and story producer of MTV World’s Rebel Music Native America, a program concerning Native American musicians who use their craft to raise awareness of plight and prosperity in Indian country.
Moya-Smith began as a contributor to ICMN in November of 2011 after his student blog on the National Football League’s Washington football team and mascots was discovered. He has covered controversial topics such as Elizabeth Warren, Columbus, the Bering Strait, as well as mascots. Moya-Smith continues to address the issue of Native Americans disproportionately killed at the hands of police more than any other race without the attention by mainstream media. In 2016, Moya-Smith spent multiple weeks in Standing Rock while water protectors continued their fight against Energy Transfer Partners and its Dakota Access Pipeline that was being built near the Standing Rock Reservation.
Currently, Moya-Smith is the Culture Editor with Indian Country Media Network and a contributing columnist with CNN.
Moya-Smith’s most noted work for ICMN is as follows: