Natives in Charge of Their Narrative



Joanelle Romero (Apache/Cheyenne Nations/SephardicJew) is the founder of
Red Nation Celebration, American Indian arts & cultural non-profit
organization. Romero is president/founder and produces Red Nation Film
Festival each year in Hollywood. She is an established Award winning
filmmaker, actress, record producer, musician, entrepreneur and
humanitarian. Founder of Award-winning Red Nation Productions formerly
Spirit World Productions as well as all of Red Nation’s Portfolio,
including American Indian Heritage Month in the City/County of Los
Angeles. In addition, Romero serves as an expert as it relates to issues
of American Indian & Indigenous representation in creative, executive and
technical positions in entertainment and lobbying with industry executives
to expand opportunities for American Indian & Indigenous peoples. Joanelle
Romero is mother to Sage and Montano Rain.

Having starred and co-starred in over 16 films including being an
independent producer and director for over three decades now, Romero uses
her expertise to navigate Red Nation Celebration, Red Nation Film Festival
and all its portfolio. Romero has worked on a wide variety of television,
film, special projects as a producer, director and actor, from ITVS
award-winning doc – the first film on American Indians with ADIS/HIV
“Melvin & John” (director/producer), to the first Contemporary American
Indian womans story ever produced and the first time an American Indian
woman carried a leading role CBS MOV “A Girl Called Hatter Fox” (actor),
to the Sundance award-winning cult classic “Pow Wow Highway” (actor), to
directing/producing award-winning documentary films, to casting/bringing
American Indian Traditional dancers to Michael Jackson for his “Black &
White” music video, to being dicovered as a singer/songwriter by the
Legendary Leonard Cohen, to producing the Los Angeles Mayor Reception,
ground-breaking historic events such as “Red Nation Parade” the first &
only American Indian Parade in Los Angeles (producer), American Indian
Heriage Month in the City/County of Los Angeles (founder/producer), to
producing “Red Nation Film Festival” (founder), to creating the first
American Indian & Indigenous Television Channel “Red Nation Television
Channel-Native is Here”.

34 years as a leading actress in film and television, SAG member since 1977.

As an ACTOR Joanelle Romero had the pleasure to work with some of the best
in our business i.e. Willie Nelson, Raquel Welch, Alex Baldwin, Nick
Mancuso, Gary Busey, Russell Menas, Kris Krisofferson, Kim Cattrail, Demi
Moore, Angela Lansbury, Carol Burnett, Lloyd Bridges, Gail Stickland,
Conchata Ferrell, A. Martinez, Will Samspon, Ronnie Cox, Shelly Hack,
Cherie Currie, Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Betty Thomas, Joe
Spano, John Stockwell, Rae Dawn Chong, Maureen McCormick, Robert Beltran,
Larry Sellers, Graham Greene, Tim McGraw, Ricky Schroder, James Remar, to
name a few.

Directors: George Schaefer, Oliver Stone, Fred Schepisi, Gregory Hoblit,
Charles Band, Mel Damski, Ricky Schroder, Aaron Lipstadt, to name a few.

(Romero is the longest standing American Indian member of the Screen
Actors Guild and produced the only panel “Where Are We in Film, Television
and Radio” to date at the SAG in 2000 and in 2012 “Native Women in Film &
Television”. Romero sat on the SAG-EEOC from 1998 to 2001 and was the only
American Indian representing the native voice to the union. Romero also
ran for a seat on the Screen Actors Guild board in 2000 and was a close

34 years as a recording artist.

23 years producing concerts, events.

23 years directing and producing award-winning documentary films; received
a Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award in 2005.

Romero is the only American Indian director producer to be close to Oscar
nod in 2000. Romero’s film was entered into the OSCARS for consideration
in 2000. 22 short films were entered that year. “9 were chosen for

American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian was part of
that 9 chosen. Then five were nominated.

BE INDIAN has recieved many awards, and has reached over ‘one million
hits’ on youtube, to date.


Linda Tenequer: (Muscogee Creek Nation) Okmulgee OK. – Senior Writer: More
than 20 years of business experience and more than 11 years experience
working with business development and marketing. More recently, handling
global business development while also writing for non-profits, federal
grants, and individuals. President of the Board: Okmulgee Learning Center,
Okmulgee, OK Education Committee Secretary: Okmulgee Indian Community.


Susan Brunsdon – Is an attorney and has practiced tax law for over 16
years. She likes numbers, she dreams about numbers, she live’s for


Nycole Cropper – – I have enjoyed my years in the hospitality field, as
well as, entertainment. I enjoy working with people and strive to make a
difference in understanding various cultures. I believe in Red Nation
because of the positive influence it has had in history through film and
new media.

Montano Rain – (Apache/Cheyenne Nations) – (Los Angeles, CA & Santa Fe,
New Mexico) – 17 year old. Montano Rain is founder of his own non-profit
organization HELP THE EARTH “HTE”. Rock & Roll Drummer & Traditional
American Indian Drummer/Singer, and Artist. Montano Rain plays five
instruments and masters three (drums, classical piano, guitar). Montano
Rain is young Neo in Matrix Reloaded. Montano Rain has grown up in the
entertainment industry. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is currently in
11th grade, when graduating in 2012, Rain will go to college and study
becoming an “Environmental Engineer”. He brings the youth voice to Red
Nation board and is one of Red Nation’s artists and graphic artist. Rain
has been on RNC board of directors for 8 years.


** Former Board Member: the late Russell Means: actor, activist. Oglala
Sioux. Served on RNCI board for 18 yrs.

** Former Board Member: the late Edward Albert Jr. (2000 to 2006) Best
known for his role in “Butterflies are Free” In more recent years he
served on the California Coastal Commission and California Native American
Heritage Commission. Mexican. Served on RNCI board for 5 yrs.

** Former Board Member: the late Chief Phil Crazy Bull. Oglala Sioux.
Served on RNCI board for 7 yrs.


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