Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez Jr. is a graduate of Metro State University of Denver with a bachelors degree in Technical Communications and Native American Studies. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado Thomas identifies as Mexica Otomi, Diné, Apache and (Hunkapi) Lakota. He is a grandson of Chief Leonard Emmanuel Crowdog Sr. and the son of Water Woman Sharon Dominguez & Sundance Chief Thomas Lopez Sr.
He spent months working with the International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) on the ground at Standing Rock to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Thomas continues his work in the Indigenous and LGBTQ+ communities to inspire young leaders and create sustainable change. Thomas continues his work with the IIYC as an active board member and adult mentor in Denver, Colorado. Thomas spoke in Washington, DC to accept the RFK Human Rights Award in June of 2018.
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