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Radio Reader Book Leader Freddy Gipp


Freddy Gipp was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He is an enrolled member of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and his Indian name is T'sa(N) T'hoop A'h(N), meaning Lead Horse in Kiowa. 

Gipp graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Strategic Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism. 

After serving as an intern for the Bureau of Indian Education within the United States Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., during the first four months of the Trump Administration, Gipp started his own consulting firm in September 2017 called Lead Horse, LLC that focuses on utilizing Native American Powwow celebrations as an effective economic driver for urban and rural communities. 

In the past two years, his company has raised over $36,000 to its signature, "Young Professionals Powwow+ Trade Show and Convention," a week-day event designed to showcase the up and coming Native American dancers and singers between the ages of 18-35.