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Mikailah Thompson is a Nez Perce tribal member originating from the Nez Perce reservation in Lapwai, ID. Thompson graduated from Lewis-Clark State College as of May 2020 with a degree in Business & Communication with minors in Nez Perce Language, Leadership, and Marketing. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Thompson has had many entrepreneurial endeavors of her own. Over the last 8 years, she has had experience in event coordinating throughout numerous tribal communities and establishing and co-founding online clothing brands. She currently holds the title of CEO and founder of
Beadwork By Mikailah, LLC. Her work has been in association with the Santa Fe Indian Market, Native Max Magazine, the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Native Fashion in the City, Discover Your Northwest, and more.
What drives Thompson’s work ethic is her determination to make a difference for her people. Outside of work, she can be seen through her activism and spreading awareness through community engagement. She has been acknowledged for her speeches and participation affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Movement alongside her efforts of generating discussions in regard to race in rural communities. She has organized and directed the “Juneteenth Celebration” which will soon become an annual event on the Nez Perce reservation. The event celebrates and brings awareness to black culture while shining a light on the importance of maintaining a strong sense of tribal identity.
Thompson has no plans of stopping to achieve her goal of opening new doors and breaking the barriers needed to create change, opportunity, and equality for people of color. Passion, perseverance, and innovation are a few words to describe Thompson's work ethic and this can be seen through the details she carefully includes in each of her endeavors.
Beadwork By Mikailah
Beadwork is a traditional Native American art form that can be seen on pieces such as regalia dating back to the 17th century. Thompson blends her own style of beadwork merging modern contemporary with traditional Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) influences.