Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It

 

Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It

Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It is a program of Red Nation Celebration Institute (1995). Native Youth Matter formed its roots in 1991.  Its a community of out-reach programs and initiatives that build strong and healthy relationships with Native Youth on Reservations and in Urban communities. Historical trama, youth suicides, sexual assault, missing & murdered youth in Native communities is higher than any other race. Red Nation Celebration Institute addresses these issues with Native youth in healing themselves through film, music, dance, sports and the arts, and international relations in Cultural Bridging. Its a prevention educational program designed to support Native youth in empowering them to tell their own stories.

RNCI work’s in areas of  policy, research, and advocacy in regards to Native Youth including expanding empowerment initiatives for native women and girls.  RNCI analyzes the impact of current and proposed policies on Native American youth, and foster strategic relationships with stakeholders such as legislative staff, agency personnel and tribal leaders. RNCI works directly with Native youth, in tribal and urban Indian communities across the country as part of our regular youth outreach and engagement work.

Our Mission is to actively engage with Native youth in making a connection that will have a life long positive effect on their lives. We are actively communicating with industry executives in staying in forefront of the entertainment industry to ensure our image is represented in film and television, in order to make a positive imprint of our image to native youth.  Native youth do not see themselves in media, what does that say to to our youth, how does that effect them? Red Nation Celebration Institute’s  program directly impacts native youth with positive images, positive roles models and through our Native Wellness Whole-being approach in developing leadership, in turn gives Native American Youth the confidence and skills in community, film, media, and activism.

Goal is to build on-site year round youth camps on reservations with a National Tour of accomplished native artists, during school session each year to bring positive messages to native youth. Our Native youth need to hear and experience these positive messages and experience different native voices to inspire them.

** Native Youth Matter has worked with Native youth in these homelands: Mescalero Reservation, Rose Bud Reservation, Navajo Reservation, New Mexico Pueblos, and in urban Native Communities throughout California.

2018 Scheduled Events & Programs

Event/Programs: January, March, April, August, November – Red Nation Celebration Institute is traveling across the country, screening films for Native youth that pertain to their healing from Historical trama, youth suicides, sexual assault, missing & murdered youth in Native communities.

Event/Programs: April 19-22 – Red Nation Celebration Institute travels to Washington D.C. working with Native Students ( ages 18-25).

Event/Program: August, our annual Red Nation International Film Festival ‘On the Road’ in Santa Fe NM, Rooted In Indian Country during the largest gathering of Native Artists. Screenings & Leadership Camps.  RNCI buses in Native youth from all pueblos to experience films and to hear from inspiring Native role models.

Native FILM Lab – Will be held during Red Nation Film Festival ‘On the Road’ in Santa Fe Indian Market Days in August. Filmmakers are invited to submit. Please visit: http://www.rednationff.com/red-nation-talent-development/

Homeland Community Outreach: Red Nation Celebration Institute is traveling once again to Mescalero Apache Reservation to work with the native youth, August 2018. There will be a 90 minute school assembly. Founder Joanelle Romero, will be speaking with Apache youth for 90 minutes sharing on her 36 years of sobriety and will speak on several issues affecting our native youth. Future planning has began in scheduling annual events for our youth, as well as NativeGen Wellness programs.

Mentoring Program: 23rd RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival takes place in Los Angeles November 2018. We are in planning stages to have Native youth from all over Indian Country come in to experience the festival though our mentoring program.

Native Women in FILM: focus on emerging and established Native Women and girls in telling their stories though film and writing. 

Red Nation FILM Lab travels to Peru in June 2019 – working with Q’eros Nation of Peru youth, in the mountains of the Andes, Ch’allmachimpana and Qocha Moqo villages. RNCI Peruvian Native Youth organizer is Montano Rain. Founder of Help the Earth.

OUR LEGACY 

Red Nation Celebration Institute programs Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It has screened over 300+ with our Native Youth Film Series over the last 14 years at annual Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema. Native Youth films are directed, produced, written by native youth. Each year RNFF screens a family matinee of ABC/Hallmark “Dreamkeeper” the Myths & Legends of the American Indian. Native Youth Matter programs and initiatives has worked with Michael Jackson, to screening films, to Native Youth performing at Red Nation Celebration Concert Series, to workshops at United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) and Mescalero Apache Reservation school, to panels at National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA),  to film contests, to learning skills in production at Red is Green Carpets events, to busing in Native and Non-Native youth to Red Nation events. In 2016 RNFF screened thirteen IAIA student films, in addition native youth individual submissions to the festival.

Joanelle Romero founder of Red Nation Celebration Institute established the Native Youth Matter If I Can See It I Can Be It program in 1991, the program supports and encourages excellence in filmmaking, ages 12 – 21. Past Student winners have gone on to receive RNCI Red Nation Award nominations. They include Montano Rain, E.C. Galesi, Stacy Howard, Robin Labeau, Camille Manybeads Tso, Colton Willier, Kolin Dayish, to name a few …

STANDING ROCK: In November of 2015,
20th RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival partnered with Hawkwing, Inc. to bring several Native Youth of the ‘One Mind Youth Movement’ to Los Angeles. These young people led the inaugural Indigenous Women RISE Climate Change March, and were invited to sing an honor song at RNCI Red Nation Awards Show. The Native youth who attended were members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and included Jasilyn Charger, Jasilea Rose Charger, and Joesph White Eyes among others. These young people had never before seen the ocean, nor been on a plane, but they did a beautiful job –– their voices strong –– in leading the climate change march, and subsequently sang beautifully on the LIVE televised RNCI Red Nation Awards Show. Upon returning home to North Dakota, these same youth had a hand in establishing the first resistance camp against the Dakota Access Pipeline –– Sacred Stone –– in April of 2016. They would go on to petition the federal government for redress, running in relay nearly 2000 miles to speak face to face with the Army Corp of Engineers in Washington, DC. Their inspired action sparked the support of tribal leadership, and eventually Woke the World to the Resistance at Standing Rock, generating one of the biggest social movements of our time. This is an illustration of what can happen when you make a commitment to youth, and put serious time and energy into honoring their good work: inspiration and courage are strongly nourished –– and has prove to be contagious.

Red Nation Celebration Institute programs and initiatives has worked with Michael Jackson, to screening films, to Native Youth performing at Red Nation concerts, to workshops at United National Indian Tribal Youth, to film contests, to Red is Green Carpets events, to busing in Native and Non-Native youth to Red Nation events.

Since 1991, with Joanelle Romero’s production company and Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) have worked with some of the finest students native and non-native from CSUN University (Indian Studies), USC University (Indian Studies), USC, even grade school student from Calmont, Highland Hall, Viewpoint, Sherman Indian School, Institute of American Indian Arts, Sherman Indian High School, Calmont School, San Pedro Mid-School.

RNCI has bused in students from San Pedro and downtown LA schools for our cultural bridging screenings to environmental projects and first American Indian Parade (DYLA). RNCI has bused in Native youth from neighboring pueblos in New Mexico to attend Red Nation Celebration Institute ‘Leadership Role Models panels’ to Tuba City Schools on the Navajo Reservation. Even as current as students flown in from South Dakota “One Mind Youth Movement” for our first Indigenous Women Climate Change March this past year November 2015, they were asked to sing an honor song at RNCI Red Nation Awards Show.

Red Nation Celebration Institute have worked with these fine organizations: United National Indian Tribal, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Institute of American Indian Arts, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Outta Your Backpack Media, La Plazita Institute, Native Wellness Institue,Walking the Healing Path, Jane Goodall, Southern California Indian Center, United American Indian Involvement and Toys R Us.

Red Nation Celebration Institute Philanthropy  Something to Live for >>>——-> donations of $20,000 worth of school supplies, books, toys, bikes, computers to Pine Ridge and Rose Bud Reservation, to over a 3000 Red Nation T-Shirts to Native programs. RNCI *Red is Green Carpet Events held annually at Red Nation Film Festival in November, highlights a charity through RNCI social justice initiative  ‘Native Fashion with Social Action’.

PARTNERS

2018 Partners thus far: USC Bedrosian Center on Governance, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC School of Dramatic Arts, Outta Your Backpack Media and La Plazita Institute. 2018 Sponsorship opportunities availbale upon request.

Contact: Linda Tenequer at rednation@rednation.com.

Sponsors & Partnerships over the years: Inn of The Mountain Gods, Mescalero Apache Nation, Pueblo of Pojoaque Governor Joe Talachy, Former Governor Joe Garcia, Buffalo Thunder Resort, Institute of American Indian Arts, Toys R Us, Gifts In Kind, Jane Goodall, Native Wellness Institue, Walking the Healing Path, Sovereign Mind Productions, American Indian Film Festival (SF), Star School (AZ), Help the Earth (LA), Southern California Indian Center, United American Indian Involvement, Institute of American Indian Arts and National Indian Child Welfare Association.

Partners over the years in highlighting Native student films have been: Help the Earth (LA); Star School (AZ), San Francisco American Indian Film Festival, and Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe NM). In 2016 RNFF screened thirteen Institute of American Indian Arts student films, in addition native youth individual submissions to Red Nation Film Festival.

Statistics on Native Youth Suicide and Addiction 

RELATED: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/suicide-rate-among-young-american-indians-nearly-double-national-average/

RELATED: Watch The Root Cause of Addiction: https://www.facebook.com/upliftconnect/videos/846444885492494/

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GIVING BACK

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It program with your generous support has been able to give back since inception (1995) $20,000 worth of food and clothing and over $10,000 worth of school supplies, books, toys, bikes, computers to Pine Ridge and Rose Bud Reservation. In 2015, RNCI Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It, donated 500 t-shirts to native youth organization Blue Pony Program to support their native youth Lacrosse project.

HELATHY BEGINNINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE * NATIVE YOUTH RISE !!! 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:  Please contact Red Nation Celebration Institute ‘Linda Tenequer‘ for more information on how WE can make a difference TOGETHER for our youth and future generations. Email: rednation@rednation.com

Native Youth Program Donor Levels 

Donations Levels

(Photo credits: Bucky Harjo, Tailinh Agoyo)

NOTE: Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It was founded in 1995, by Award Winner Joanelle Romero and is a copyright of Red Nation Celebration Institute, since 1995.