Jonathan Sims is from Acoma Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in North America. A journalism school graduate from New Mexico State University, he has been a freelance media maker for over 15 years. His work has taken him around the country and the world. Jonathan has been part of major motion picture sets, one-man-band international travelogues, and even a stint as an award-winning media instructor. He is a contributor to Indian Country Today and has worked as a PR Media Contact and Information Officer for Acoma Pueblo. Most recently, Jonathan earned a master’s degree in Creative Writing / Screenplay development from the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been an appointed leader within his tribe, serving as Tribal Secretary for two terms. This position acts much like the Chief of Staff for the Governor. Acoma’s storied history in filmmaking provided opportunities to manage major motion picture film location requests and work alongside producers from around the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic Jonathan assisted his pueblo in moving community communication and events online. Also, during this time, he began a career as a weekly writer for the independent Albuquerque, New Mexico publication The Paper, where he covers Indigenous issues. Jonathan ultimately wants to continue to help communities and people respectfully document and share their stories with each other and the world. Being able to do this work for a living while raising two beautiful children is what makes him appreciative of every waking day.
- Fund for Indigenous Journalists: Reporting on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender People (MMIWG2T)