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RED NATION CELEBRATION INSTITUTE 

The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Nations

Natives In Charge of their Narrative. The Stoytellers.

Our mission is in promoting, advancing, advocating and empowering independent filmmakers, media artists and content creators, with an emphasis on initiatives and programs for Native women and youth, in all media platforms, in conjunction with partners from around the world.

Serving the North American Indian, Canadian First Nation Peoples and the International Indigenous Peoples since 1995.

A Federally Recognized 501 (C)(3) nonprofit enterprise. EIN 95-4015181

Red Nation Celebration Institute is the first and largest National Native-led enterprise – Founded 1995 in Santa Fe New Mexico during Indian Market. Red Nation Celebration Institute is the longest standing American Indian & Indigenous multidisciplinary educational Arts & Cultural federally recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Los Angeles CA.
 
Red Nation Celebration Institute the Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Nations, led by Native-women to increase visibility of independent filmmakers, media artists and content creators amplifying cinematic excellence with an emphasis on initiatives for Native women, girls and youth in all media platforms and educational institutions, in conjunction with partners from around the world.
 
Joanelle Romero is Founder/President/CEO of Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI). Joanelle coined #NativesInChargeOfTheirNarrative #WhyWeWearRED. RNCI is dedicated to changing the narrative about Native peoples on a global scale. Joanelle built the Red Nation Celebration Institute, now in its 25th year 2020; to cast light on the voices, stories, contributions and assets of contemporary Native peoples in replacing toxic stereotypes that Native peoples face in media and academics with a 25 year history of cohesive research-informed strategies, ground-breaking initiatives, though cinematic excellence, media and strong focus on partnerships.
 
RNCI the pioneer resource center for the Entertainment Industry and Indian Country in all media platforms, dedicated to bringing Native American content and the arts to mainstream media by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing American Indian at the forefront of the entertainment industry, promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native people and to introduce American Indian to a larger, global mainstream audience while promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies and relations between the American Indian community and the entertainment industry.
 
Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) established to present contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts of diverse artistic disciplines. To encourage understanding of cultural traditions, performing arts, preservation, and the advancement of American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous Nations.
 
RNCI the Authentic Voice of American Indian and Indigenous storytellers, our VISION is in promoting, advancing, advocating and empowering independent film and filmmakers, media artists and content creators in all media platforms.
 
The PURPOSE is to provide ongoing avenues for the exploration and presentation of contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts: to educate the public on aspects of American Indian cultural and artistic expression; to educate and inform the music and film industries on new talent within the American Indian community; to provide youth with educational and vocational opportunities related to the music and entertainment industry; and to introduce American Indian artists to larger, global mainstream audiences.
 
This cultural exchange is to empower the voice of American Indian youth and women on/off the reservations as well as urban American Indian communities.
 
Red Nation Celebration Institute has changed American society with its continued on-going programs in the arts, media, social justice, civic engagement, economic empowerment, education, health, research, training and international relations.
 
Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) was established out of a direct need. RNCI has its first roots in Santa Fe, New Mexico, produced during the famous Indian Market (1995); RNCI pioneered the music movement during Indian Market. In 1995 there wasn’t any contemporary American Indian music being performed. In 2005, Red Nation launched the music scene on the Plaza during Indian Market in week-end Santa Fe NM and now native music is being performed on the plaza. In 1995, RNCI moved to Los Angeles to be produced during the most important weeks of the music industry “The Grammy Awards Week.” In 2003, Red Nation Celebration “Concert Series” became an “Official Grammy Event” and went on to become Red Nation Celebration’s “Signature” Event.
RNCI Brands Entites include Red Nation International Film Festival The Authentic Voice of American Indina & Indigenous Cinema (est. 2003), Native Women in FILM & Television (est. 1996), Red Nation Television Network and online streaming entertainment network (est. 2006) and Native Youth Matter If I Can See It I Can Be It (est. 1995).
 
Heritage, Culture, Tradition, History Red Nation Celebration Institute Board of Directors https://rednationff.com/board-of-directors/
 

RNCI was Established in 1995, before becoming a non-profit organization, RNCI operated as a Production Company since 1991. That company was responsible for producing films, concert series and music videos including thefirst American Indian AIDS concert, “Warriors Against AIDS,” casting American Indian dancers for Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’ music video (the highest paid dancers in music video history), producing numerous benefit concerts, Award-winning documentary films and the first and only American Indian drama series pilot, ‘Home, Home on the Res’.

RNCI founded the first American Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2003, “Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards,” which has become the largest and most prestigious trustworthy festival representing North American Indian, Canada First Nation Peoples, and International Indigenous Peoples.

RNCI is the first native nonprofit organization funded by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department in 2000. Red Nation Celebration Institute is responsible for founding ‘American Indian Heritage Month’ in the City of Los Angeles in 2005 and officially recognized by the State of California and the City of Los Angeles in 2006. In 2008, RNCI established American Indian Heritage Month in the State of New Mexico with former Governor Richardson and Indian Affairs Department.
That same year 2006, before Netflix or Hulu, RNCI founded thefirst online media streaming television network, ‘Red Nation Television Network’ reaching 10 million viewers in 37 countries. All American Indian & Indigenous Content.
 
RNCI also produced in 2006, Mayor Villaraigosa’s reception at City Hall bringing together all tribal leaders, spiritual leaders and community within the State of California to introduce American Indian Heritage Month. This historic event cemented the American Indian Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles. Nothing like thismultitude has ever happened before nor since in Los Angeles City Hall.

RNCI launched the first Pow Wow and Native Parade in November 2007, Opening The State Historic Park Downtown Los Angeles, marking it as an historic ground breaking event.

RNCI founded the first and only ‘Native Women in FILM & Television’ media group. ‘ Native Women in FILM has become its own film festival, held during The Oscar week.

All Red Nation Celebration Institutes’ programs, ground-breaking initiatives and events seek to highlight authentic, inclusive representation in film, television and new media for American Indians in addition to promoting, advancing, advocating and empowering independent filmmakers, media artists and content creators in all media platforms.

Each year, RNCI presents contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts of diverse artistic disciplines in film and television, providing filmmakers with resources to further their careers in the entertainment industry, music industry and theatre, connecting them to larger, global mainstream audiences. In addition, our educational programs presents positive role models from the arts and entertainment disciplines to under-privileged youth from urban and reservations, empowerment initiatives for women and girls, urban American Indian communities and supports students with creative hands-on training exposing them to resources they might not ever have.

TODAY Red Nation Celebration Institute a leading American Indian entertainment entity and the longest standing Native Arts & Culture non-profit enterprise in Los Angeles CA presented Globally. RNCI is the world’s most recognized American Indian performing arts, cultural, media, and educational nonprofit organization dedicated to American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous Nations, representing music, actors, writers, directors, producers, and visual artists.

Red Nation Celebration Institute continued commitment supports excellence in education, self-esteem, healthy lifestyles, community building, economic development, empowerment and inspirational opportunities for native youth and women and has changed American society with its continued on-going programs in the arts, media, social justice, civic engagement, economic empowerment, research, training and international relations.

Red Nation Celebration Institute advocates on behalf of American Indian artists, performers, actors, directors, producers, writers as a liaison organization, promoting strong federally recognized artists including urban native communities as well as promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous Nations, and people to the entertainment industry, arts, social justice, tribal nations, environmental and educational communities in Los Angeles State of California and worldwide.


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