RED NATION
CELEBRATION
INSTITUTE

Natives in Charge of Their Narrative

Land Language Culture Tradition Identity

Empowering Native Indigenous Storytellers Since 1995 Founded by Joanelle Romero

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) The Authentic Voice for American Indian & Indigenous Nations. The Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world. RNCI the longest-running, Native Women-Led, Indigenous Media Arts & Cultural non-profit enterprise organization in the history of the entertainment industry. 

RNCI’s mission is to break barriers of racism by creating systemic change through media and pop culture in order to eliminate Native American stereotypes. Our vision for the future of cinema is one in which Native Indigenous perspectives are authentically pictured, recognized, and valued in a way that promotes strong authentic Native identities, economic outcomes, equity, and wellness for our Indigenous communities.

Red Nation Celebration Institute is the first Native Indigenous non-profit funded by the City of Los Angeles.

RNCI Legacy Timeline

1995

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Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) was established out of a direct need. RNCI has its roots in Santa Fe, New Mexico, produced during the famous Indian Market; RNCI pioneered the music movement during Indian Market.
1995

1995

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RNCI founded the 'Red Nation International Film Festival' (RNIFF) and began screening Native Indigenous Firms in Los Angeles and in New Mexico. RNIFF is the first Native Indigenous film festival in Los Angeles and has become the largest Native Film Festival in the country.
1995

1996

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Native Women in Music (NWIF) was founded during the RNCI Concert Series and is the first 'Concert Series' dedicated to Native Women in Music. NWIM went on to produce several concert series forcing on Native Indigenous Women recording artists and poets.
1996

1997

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RNCI continued with its signature 'RNCI Concert Series' in Santa Fe NM during the Indian Market.
1997

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