Board

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI)

Joanelle Romero (Apache/Cheyenne/SpanishJew) Founder & President

Award-winning Filmmaker/The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Member/Actor/Award-winning Director/Producer/Writer/Humanitarian

Linda Tenequer (Muscogee Creek Nation)  Vice President

Susan Brunsdon Attorney

– Nycole Cropper Secretary | Treasurer

– 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.

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 WATERSTORY 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).

– Julia BoganyTongva Nation. Cultural Consultant. Tribal Councilmember. Teacher of language and basket making.

– Jaima Chevalieris 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.

– Aubrey Hicks isExecutive Director at USC;  USC Price Sol Price School of Public Policy | Bedrosian Center

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Red Nation Film Festival

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).

Michael O’Keefe 

Golden Globe Award Winner/Academy Award Nominee/Actor.

– Tokala Clifford (Oglala Lakota)

Actor

Joanelle Romero (Apache/Cheyenne/SpanishJew) Founder & President

Award-winning Filmmaker/The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Member/Actor/Award-winning Director/Producer/Writer/Humanitarian

Linda Tenequer (Muscogee Creek Nation)  Vice President

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Native Women in Film & Television

– Pearl Means (Dine/Navajo Nation)

Producer/Author

Camille Manybeads Tso (Dine/Navajo Nation)

Filmmaker

– Elizabeth Kucinich (Washington DC)

Government affairs, policy and partnerships professional, Documentary Producer, and wife of Dennis Kucinich

Joanelle Romero (Apache/Cheyenne/SpanishJew) Founder & President

Award-winning Filmmaker/The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Member/Actor/Award-winning Director/Producer/Writer/Humanitarian

Linda Tenequer (Muscogee Creek Nation)  Vice President

ADVISORY BOARD
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) Santa Fe New Mexico

First American Indian Director to be admitted to the DGA.

Elizabeth Kucinich (Washington DC)

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/“NYPD Blues” PBS “American Family.

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/writer. 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.

HONORARY BOARD
Red Nation Celebration Institute

–  LaDonna Harris 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 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 is the descendant of 37 generations of medicine men, is recognized as the Keeper of the Spotted Eagle Way medicine.

Montano Rain (Apache/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