In loving memory of Chief Leonard Crow Dog a medicine man and spiritual leader. Through his writings and teachings, he has sought to unify Indian people of all nations. As a practitioner of traditional herbal medicine and a leader of Sun Dance ceremonies, Crow Dog was also dedicated to keeping Lakota traditions alive. Leonard Crow Dog was involved with RNCI Board of Directors from 1995 to 2021. This was the only board of directors that Leonard Crow was involved with. Born 1942, Sicangu Lakota, died June 6, 2021

In loving memory of Julia Bogany, Tongva Nation. Cultural Consultant. Tribal Councilmember. Initiated and wrote the Land Acknowledgment for the City of Los Angeles. Teacher of language and basket making. RNCI Board member from 2017 – 2021.

 

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) Board of Directors

Joanelle Romero - Founder President CEO

Linda Tenequer – Chair

Susan Masten - Co Chair

Aubrey Hicks

Teri Red Owl

Shari Belafonte

Theda Newbreast

A Martinez

Paul Audley

Edward James Olmos

Tokala Clifford

Michael O’Keefe

 

Advisory and Honorary Board

Montano Rain

Sage Galesi

Chief Oren Lyons

LaDonna Harris

Lynette TwoBulls

Lynette TwoBulls

Esai Morales

Dan Aykroyd

John Bryant

Elizabeth Kucinich

Dr. Joel Silbar

Lisa Tiger

Larry Sellers

 

In Loving Memory

Chief Leonard Crow Dog

Chief Leonard Crow Dog

(1942 – 2021)

A medicine man and spiritual leader. Through his writings and teachings, he has sought to unify Indian people of all nations. As a practitioner of traditional herbal medicine and a leader of Sun Dance ceremonies, Crow Dog was also dedicated to keeping Lakota traditions alive. Red Nation Celebration Institute is the only organization that Leonard Crow Dog was involved with.

Served on RNCI Board from 1995 – 2021.

Julia Bogany

(1948 – 2021)

Cultural Consultant and Tribal Councilmember of the Tongva Nation. Initiated and wrote the Land Acknowledgment for the City of Los Angeles. Teacher of language and basket making. Initiated and wrote the Land Acknowledgment for the City of Los Angeles. Teacher of language and basket making.

Served on RNCI Board from 2017 – 2021.

Russell Means

Russell Means

(1939 – 2012)

Actor, activist for the rights of Native Americans, libertarian political activist, writer and musician. He became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) after joining the organization in 1968 and helped organize notable events that attracted national and international media coverage.

Means was active in international issues of indigenous peoples, including working with groups in Central and South America and with the United Nations for recognition of their rights. He was active in politics at his native Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and at the state and national level.

Beginning an acting career in 1992, he appeared on numerous television series and in several films, including The Last of the Mohicans and released his own music CD. Means published his autobiography Where White Men Fear to Tread in 1995.

Served on the RNCI board from 1995 – 2012.

Edward Albert Jr

Edward Albert Jr

(1951 – 2006)

Best known for his role in “Butterflies are Free” In more recent years he served on the California Coastal Commission and California Native American Heritage Commission.

The son of actor Eddie Albert and Mexican actress Margo, he starred opposite Goldie Hawn in Butterflies Are Free (1972), a role for which he won a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Albert starred in more than 130 films and television series, including Midway, The Greek Tycoon, Galaxy of Terror, The House Where Evil Dwells, The Yellow Rose, Falcon Crest and Power Rangers Time Force.

Served on the RNCI board from 2000 – 2006.

Chief Phil Crazy Bull

Crazy Bull

(1949 – 2006)

Crazy Bull graduated from Fort Lewis College with a B.A. degree in Psychology, then earned his Masters Degree in Psychology from UNM. He loved the outdoors, basketball, fishing and camping. He sponsored many spiritual activities.

Served on the RNCI board from 2000 – 2006.

August Schellenberg

August Schellenberg

(1936 – 2013)

Actor and director, known for Black Robe (1991), The New World (2005) and Free Willy (1993).

Served on the RNCI board from 2000 – 2013.

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