Founder President CEO
– Joanelle Romero Apache/Dine/Cheyenne/Spanish SephardicJew. Southern Ute, Pojoaque & Pawnee by marriage and Iroquois by relation. Founder & President Award-winning Filmmaker/proud member of The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Actor, Award-winning Director, Producer, Writer, Humanitarian.
Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI)
– Linda Tenequer Muscogee Creek Nation Vice President. Writer/Fortune 500.
– Susan Brunsdon Attorney
– Nycole Cropper Secretary | Treasurer
– Teri Red Owl Bishop Paiute Tribe. Nuumu from Payahuunadu – land of the flowing water. Executive Director at Owens Valley Indian Water Commission. Studied Business at Western Governors University. Co-Produced Award-winning film PAYA THE WATER STORY OF THE PAIUTE.
– Sarah Koyo Chumash šmuwič, Chumash from so-called Santa Barbara (syuxtun) and Tohono O’odham. RNCI Youth Ambassador. Goes to show just how much Spanish influence there is on native peoples of California. Sarah identifies with her beach people ancestors, she grew up on the coast in San Pedro, CA. The Port of Los Angeles. Currently working for a tribal TANF in the cultural department. Hoping to bring our traditional ways back to the urban native population, connecting them back to Mother Earth. She made short documentary in high school through funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on her community’s annual crossing to our home island of Limuw (Santa Cruz island).
Red Nation Film Festival (RNFF)
– Edward James Olmos Academy Award Nominee, Actor, Battlestar Galactica, Lieutenant Martin “Marty” Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit. In 1988, Olmos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film Stand and Deliver.
– A Martinez Mexican and Apache on his father’s side, Piegan Blackfeet and Northern European on his mother’s Actor and writer, known for Longmire (2012), Santa Barbara (1984) and Powwow Highway (1989).
– Paul Audley President of Film L.A. Inc. Audley, has been Arizona state director of the Trust for Public Land and has an extensive background in community-based nonprofit organizations and government, including having served as mayor of Fairfield, Conn., and deputy secretary of state in Connecticut.
– Michael O’Keefe Golden Globe Award Winner, Academy Award Nominee, Actor.
– Tokala Clifford Oglala Lakota Actor
Native Women in Film (NWIF)
– Pearl Means DineNavajo Nation Producer, Author
– Camille Manybeads Tso DineNavajo Nation Filmmaker
– Elizabeth Kucinich Government affairs, policy and partnerships professional, Documentary Producer, and wife of Dennis Kucinich
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Native Women in Film & Television
– Carolyn M. Dunn Mvskoke/Cherokee/Choctaw PhD and Associate Vice President, Institutional Diversity and Assistant Professor, English and Creative Writing at Central Michigan University
– Theda Newbreast Blackfeet Nation Master Trainer and Wellness facilitator at Native Wellness Institute
– Linda Tenequer Muscogee Creek Nation RNCI Vice President/Fortune 500 Writer
Red Nation Celebration Institute
– John Bryant Founder, Chairman, CEO of Operation Hope Vice Chairman U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, Washington DC.
– George Burdeau Blackfeet Nation First American Indian Director to be admitted to the DGA.
– Elizabeth Kucinich Government affairs, policy and partnerships professional, Documentary Producer, and wife of Dennis Kucinichwife of Dennis Kucinich.
– Dan Aykroyd Actor, Producer, Blues Brother.
– Easi Morales Actor “La Bamba” and “My Family/Mi Familia”, as well as television series like “Chicago PD,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Ozark.”
– Larry Sellers Lakota/Osage Nations (Tulsa, OK) Traditional ceremonial leader and actor who played the leading Indian role Cloud Dancing in the popular series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
– Sage Galesi – Apache/Cheyenne/Lakota Nations Award-winning actress, singer, singer, performer, screenwriter. Sage is a former Board member of Red Nation Celebration, held for 14 yrs. Sage is a Graduate of Yale University 2008.
– Lisa Tiger Muscogee/Creek/Seminole/Cherokee/Irish descent Santa Fe New Mexico. HIV/AIDS educator and motivational speaker. Lisa has been doing AIDS education since learning she was infected with the virus in 1992.
– Becky Akins MA Mohawk Nation Tucson AZ. – Nicotrigo, LLC./Grant-writer for Native Americans.
– Dr. Anthony Stately Ph. D. former AIDS Project LA.
– Dr. Joel Silbar – Silbar Chiropractic.
Red Nation Celebration Institute
– LaDonna Harris Comanche has devoted her life to building coalitions that create change. She has been a consistent and ardent advocate on behalf of Tribal America. In addition, she continues her activism in the areas of civil rights, environmental protection, the women’s movement and world peace.
– Chief Leonard Crow Dog Lakota Medicine man, Spiritual leader, Spiritual intercessor, and story teller of Lakota tribe in Rosebud Indian. Reservation in South Dakota of Turtle Island.
– Chief Oren Lyons Faithkeeper of the turtle clan of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.
– Pete Catches Lakota is the descendant of 37 generations of medicine men, is recognized as the Keeper of the Spotted Eagle Way medicine.
– Montano Rain Apache/DineNavajo/Cheyenne Musician, Environmental Activist, Founder of Help the Earth
IN LOVING MEMORY
– Russell Means Oglala Sioux Actor/Activist. RNFF board member
– Chief Crazy Bull Oglala Sioux RNCI Advisory board member
– Edward Albert Jr Mexican Actor RNFF board member
– August Schellenberg Mohawk Actor RNFF board member