As an associate scholar of the Center for World Indigenous Studies and a contributing editor of Fourth World Journal, Jay has assisted indigenous peoples seeking justice in such bodies as the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations. Since 1994, he has served as the administrative director of Public Good Project.
In a previous life, Jay worked as a sea captain in the coastal fisheries of Washington and Alaska, and has fond memories of storytelling with American Indians. He now spends considerable time as a mentor to writers, scholars, and organizers throughout the English-speaking world. Jay currently writes a column for Intercontinental Cry magazine.