Mikailah Thompson is a member of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe of Lapwai, ID. Thompson graduated from Lewis-Clark State College as of May 2020 with a degree in Business & Communication and minors in Nez Perce Language, Leadership, and Marketing. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Thompson holds the titles of Owner of Beadwork by Mikailah, LLC, Owner of Indigenous Creatives, LLC, and Co-Host of Quantum Theory Podcast.
Her artwork has been featured with the Santa Fe Indian Market, Native Max Magazine, First American Art Magazine, Native Art Magazine, the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Discover Your Northwest, Native Fashion in the City and more.
Alongside her entrepreneurial endeavors, over the last 8 years, she has had experience in event coordinating throughout numerous tribal communities and establishing and co-founding online clothing brands.
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 expounds on these messages each year as she directs the annual Juneteenth Celebration on Nimiipuu reservation. The event aims to celebrate and bring 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.
Below are direct links to each of Mikailah's businesses.
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.
Indigenous Creatives, LLC
Indigenous Creatives, LLC is an established company founded in promoting Indigenous artistry in all forms. This includes but is not limited to arts, entertainment, entrepreneurism, and more. The company serves as a platform to amplify Indigenous voices through media.
Quantum Theory is a podcast hosted by Kellen Lewis and Mikailah Thompson whose sole intention is to spotlight Black Indigenous voices. Join them as they discuss current events, history, entertainment, business, culture, and becoming agents of change in their community.