NATIVE WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION BOARD OF TRUSTEES created out of a direct need to help the film industry regarding American Indian & Indigenous women in front of and behind the camera.
Native Women in Film & Television is a program of Red Nation Celebration Institute
Joanelle Romero Documented Mescalero-Chiricahua Apache/Navajo/Paiute/SpanishSephardicJew. Pawnee, Pojoaque and Southern Ute by marriage and Iroquois by relation.
Founder of Red Nation Celebration Institute, longest standing Native Arts & Cultural non-profit organization in The City of Los Angeles, founded in Santa Fe NM. Ms. Romero is an actor, singer/songwriter, humanitarian, entrepreneur, founder of Red Nation International Film Festival, Red Nation Television Network [Steaming Media Company TV Channel], Native Women in Film & Television (Film Festival), Red Nation Films, Red Nation Studios An Indigenous Film Studio, American Indian Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles and proud member of The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Ms. Romero has a long and impressive career as an actor, starring in the first Contemporary American Indian Women’s Story ever producer in 1977 “A Girl Called Hatter Fox” to 1989 Sundance award winning film and cult classic Pow Wow Highway, a film that paved the way for contemporary native filmmaking. As a filmmaker Romero’s film AMERICAN HOLOCAUST: WHEN ITS ALL OVER I’LL STILL BE INDIAN made the Academy’s Documentary Branch and was shortlisted for an Oscar in a preliminary round of voting in 2000. This film won Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award given to projects that have “the vision to see the truth and the courage to speak it.” Ms. Romero has been a SAG-AFTRA member since 1977 and is the longest standing living American Indian member in the union. She sat on the SAG-EEOC committee from 1998 to 2001and for many years was the only American Indian representing the native voice to the union. At SAG-AFTRA she produced numerous events including the panels “Where Are We (Native Americans) in Film, Television and Radio” (2000) and “Native Women in Film & Television“(2012).
Linda Tenequer Muscogee Creek Nation. Former global business development writer for a private Fortune 500 company and currently works for her tribal nation as a CHS Analyst. She is a full-blood member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and sits on several American Indian boards of directors and continues to write grants for non-profit organizations. She is active in her community and serves on the board for the Morris Indian Community, a chartered Indian community of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Media Coalition Partners Quotes
“It’s time for the voice of Indigenous women to be heard. We have kept our sacred relationship to the earth alive. In a time now when our Mother Earth is speaking loudly to us, it’s time to listen to those who can translate her messages.” Michelle Schenandoah, Oneida. Founder of Rematriation Magazine.
“From 1977 to 1991, there were roles written for Native Women on prime-time television. It’s been 23 years since America has seen or heard Native Women on prime-time television. We don’t exist to network executives, when will we be human enough to be included in front of, behind the camera and in executive positions” – Joanelle Romero actress|director|producer|founder Native Women Film & Television, Red Nation Film Festival, Red Nation Television Channel, Red Nation Celebration Institute and proud member of The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
“As a concerned mother and community member/ leader, I am appalled that society continues to perpetuate stereotypes of American Indians. As the first indigenous people, we should be outraged that this is allowed to continue and be parodied as comedy. Tribal nations work hard across the U.S. to educate and prevent violence against women, men, youth and children and change the image of the American Indian. This is indeed a sad day for our people once again. You would think one would know better by now. Tribal nations work hard across the U.S. to educate and prevent violence against women, men, youth and children and change the image of the American Indian. We need strong warriors and women to stand up and use our collective voice to not allow the perpetuation of stereotypes as we are not fodder for comedy” – states Linda Tenequer Native Women in Film & Television, Former global business development writer for a private Fortune 500 company and currently works for her tribal nation.
Native Women in FILM WHY WE WEAR RED Media Coalition Partners
Indigenous Concepts Consulting