August 18 – 20, 2022


Indian Market 100th Centennial 2022

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) was established out of a direct need and today is an industry standard. RNCI has its roots in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the famous Indian Market (est. 1995); RNCI partnered with Southwest Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) Don Owen, executive director at that time. RNCI pioneered the music movement during Indian Market at the Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre. In 1995 there wasn’t any contemporary American Indian music being performed, since the inception of Indian Market.

TODAY, RNCI is the longest-running, Native Women-Led, Indigenous Media Arts & Cultural non-profit enterprise organization in the history of the entertainment industry. Representing over 575+ Native Nations in the U.S. and collectively on the planet 1200. Based in Los Angeles with offices in Santa Fe New Mexico.


To our New Mexico Partners: your contribution is vital to continue our important work.
We succeed together with the generosity of partnerships like you.

Native Women Write
Fellows Retreat

Hotel Santa Fe
August 18 | 1:00 to 3:00PM

Call to Action

Film Industry Insiders want to hear from YOU 

Native Women Writers, Directors, Producers, Actors are Invited to Join Us 


WE will Gather, Create, Share, Write and Celebrate Native Women in Film & Television in All Media  

Host Joanelle Romero (Wild Indian, Powwow Highway, The Girl Called Hatter Fox)

#NativeWomenInFilmTV #WhyWeWearRED 

Red Nation Conversation Series

Pathways Indigenous Arts Festival
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino / Poeh Cultural Center

August 19 | Noon to 2:00PM 

Reclaiming Native Indigenous Narrative in Film, TV and Media

Natives In Charge of Their Narrative 

Host Joanelle Romero Wild Indian, Powwow Highway, The Girl Called Hatter Fox

Special Guests 

Jeremiah Bitsui Dark Winds

Kiowa Gordon Dark Winds

Andrea B Good Dark Winds

Carla Rae Rutherford Falls

Dez Baa Dark Winds 

Eugene BraveRock Dark Winds

Economic Development on Native Lands

Pathways Indigenous Arts Festival
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino / Poeh Cultural Center

August 19 | 3:00 to 5:00PM

New Mexico Native Indigenous Film Commission

Host Joanelle Romero, Founder RNCI Crew / RNCI / AMPAS

Guest Speakers

Todd Christensen Location Manager / LMGI / AMPAS

Signe Lindell / Santa Fe Mayor Pro-Term

Rebecca “Puck” Stair  / IATSE 480

Cyndy McCrossen / Albuquerque Film Office

Carma Harvey / Prop Mistress, Stuntwoman

Eugene BraveRock / Stunts

Invited Leadership of the 19 Pueblos

#RNCICrew #HireNativeCrew

Press Releases

Record year for film and TV production spending in NM

Location Managers Guild International The Hollywood Reporter

  • Nearly $900 million into New Mexico’s economy
  • Increased spending in rural communities from $6.5M to $50M
  • Thousands of jobs for New Mexicans across the stat

Native Women in Music


Artist Joanelle Romero and Friends

Pathways Indigenous Arts Festival Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino / Poeh Cultural Center August 20 | 3:45

Music Has The Power to Bring Us All Together

Joanelle Romero first met the Legendary LEONARD COHEN when she was 15 years old at the Troubadour. Then in 1978, they met up again and immediately began living with each other. In 1979, Leonard produced Joanelle’s first recording at A & M Records. Joanelle was the first artist produced by Leonard Cohen.

As a recording artist Joanelle Romero brings the passion of, and for her people to the foreground of her music. The rich tapestry of her ethnic makeup of Mescalero-Chiricahua Apache, Dinétah, Paiute and SpanishSephardic, a relative of Pojoaque, Pawnee, Southern Ute, Lakota and Haudenosaunee weaves through Joanelle’s creative process and her music. A classically trained vocalist exploring new frontiers in contemporary music, while she continues to push creative boundaries, her music remains very accessible. Her powerful political lyrics portray the struggle of Native Indigenous people today. Romero’s title song American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian, can be heard in her doc short film she directed and produced, which was short-listed for an Academy Award in 2000. Bob Dylan told her after hearing her song “Keep writing in this vein”. Romero has opened for notable artists as Rick Danko of The Band, Kris Kristofferson, Stevie Wonder, Eric Anderson, John Trudell, Paul Butterfield, Tin Machine, Freddie Fender, Ritchie Havens, Roseanne Cash, Jane Goodall, Cesar Chavez (National Holidays) Gandhi’s Grandson (Peace Day), Earth Day Celebrations, to name a few.

Proceeds from merchandise will support advancing the next generation of content creators at
Red Nation Celebration Institute – Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts.

Land Language Culture Tradition Identity


The Creative Enterprise by Natives Delivering to all People the Stories that Shape our World.

RNCI the longest standing Native Women-Led Media, Arts & Cultural nonprofit enterprise in the Entertainment Industry and Los Angeles includes the largest Native Indigenous Film Festival in the country Red Nation International Film Festival, the first and only Native Women in Film & Television in All Media and the first entertainment media company Red Nation Television Network (predating Netflix or another streaming platform).

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