Founder President CEO
– Mescalero Apache/Navajo/Paiute/Southern Ute/Spanish SephardicJew. Pojoaque & Pawnee by marriage and Iroquois by relation. Romero is an American media proprietor, an acclaimed actress in film and television, Award winning director, producer, singer/songwriter, entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian. An influential curator of Native cinema, shorted listed for an OSCAR. Member of The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Actress – lead role in the first Contemporary American Indian Women’s Story ever producer in 1977 “The Girl Called Hatter Fox” to 1989 Sundance award winning film and cult classic George Harrison (The Beatles) feature film “Powwow Highway“, the film that paved the way for contemporary native filmmaking which changed the Native Narrative forever.
Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI)
– Linda Tenequer Muscogee Creek Nation. RNCI Vice President. Writer/Fortune 500.
– 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).
– 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.
– Julia Bogany Tongva Nation. Cultural Consultant. Tribal Councilmember. Teacher of language and basket making.
– Susan Masten Yurok Nation. Founder & co-president of Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations. Has served as the past Yurok Tribal Chair, Vice Chair, Yurok Interim Council member, and Yurok Transition Team Member. She also served as the second woman to ever be elected by Tribal governments across the nation as President of the National Congress of American Indians the oldest and largest national American Indian organization. Masten a rights advocate has been fighting for fishing and water rights and sovereignty for the past 40 years.
– Pearl Means Navajo Nation. Film Producer, Business Manager at T.R.E.A.T.Y since 1999 and the Chair of the T.R.E.A.T.Y Ed. Endowment since Oct 2012. Wife to late Legendary Russell Means.
– Tokala Clifford Oglala Lakota Actor. known for Wind River (2017).
– Theda Newbreast Blackfeet Nation. Master Trainer Native Wellness Institute.
– 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).
– 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.
– 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.
– Aubrey Hicks Executive Director at USC; USC Price Sol Price School of Public Policy | Bedrosian Center
– Jaima Chevalier an author and filmmaker from Santa Fe, NM. Her most recent work, a feature-length documentary entitled “Veiled Lightning” has garnered critical attention for its exposure of a colonial reenactment pageant that excludes the story of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Chevalier is active in the non-profit world, having served as an officer and/or president for many organizations including the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation, the EmiArteFlamenco Academy, the Santa Fe Opera Guild, and the Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc. Her production business, Picture This Production Company, is a full-service film and media organization.
– Michael O’Keefe Golden Globe Award Winner, Academy Award Nominee, Actor.
– 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.
– Esai 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.
– Dr. Joel Silbar – Silbar Chiropractic.
– 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.
– Montano Rain Apache/DineNavajo/Cheyenne Musician, Environmental Activist, Founder of Help the Earth
Native Women in Film & Television (NWIF)
MEDIA COALITION PARTNERS
Indigenous Concepts Consulting
IN LOVING MEMORY
– Russell Means Oglala Sioux Actor/Activist. RNCI board member
– Chief Crazy Bull Oglala Sioux RNCI Advisory board member
– Edward Albert Jr Mexican Actor RNCI board member
– August Schellenberg Mohawk Actor RNCI board member
– Pete Catches Lakota is the descendant of 37 generations of medicine men, is recognized as the Keeper of the Spotted Eagle Way medicine. RNCI board member
Former Board Members
– Becky Akins MA Mohawk Nation Tucson AZ. – Nicotrigo, LLC./Grant-writer for Native Americans.
– Dr. Anthony Stately Ph. D. former AIDS Project LA.
© Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI)
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Enterprise