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Native Youth Matte I Can See It I Can Be It

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RNCI Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It founded in 1995 initiative is a community out-reach  program that builds strong and healthy relationships with Native Youth on Reservations through film, music, dance, sports and the arts, and international relations in Cultural Bridging.  Its a prevention educational program designed to support Native youth and eliminating youth suicides in empowering them to tell their own stories.

RNCI work’s in areas of  policy, research, and advocacy in regards to Native Youth.  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.

Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It has screened over 300+ Native Youth Films over the last 13 years that have been directed, produced, written by native youth including the annual matinee screening 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 concerts, to workshops at UNITY, to film contests, to Red is Green Carpets events, to busing in Native and Non-Native youth to Red Nation events, to donating $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, to inviting and honoring Standing Rock Native Youth to the First Indigenous Womens Climate Change March, Nov 2015.

Our partners over the years in highlighting Native student films have been: Help the Earth (LA); Star School (AZ), San Francisco American Indian Film Festival, in addition native youth individual submissions to the festival.

RNCI is proud to announce this years partner Institute of American Indian Arts. RNFF will screen several IAIA student films at our NATIVE YOUTH FILMS Series in Los Angeles November 13, 2016.

SHOUT out to FILM students and Native youth: Over the 20+ years of Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) we have worked with some of the finest students native and non-native from CSUN, UCLA, USC, even grade school student from Calmont, Highland Hall, Viewpoint and Sherman Indian School.

RNCI have bused in students from San Pedro and downtown LA schools for our cultural bridging screenings to environmental projects and first American Indian Parade (DYLA). Even as current as students flown in from South Dakota “One Mind Youth Movement” Standing Rock Native Youth 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. We have worked with organization like: Native Wellness Institue, Walking the Healing Path, Jane Goodall, Southern California Indian Center, United American Indian Involvement, Toys R Us, UNITY, Institute of American Indian Arts and National Indian Child Welfare Association.

RNCI is excited once again for this years FILM students from UCLA and USC that have begin working with our team for the 13th Red Nation Film Festival including Red Nation Television Network! ‪#‎RNFF16‬ @RNCImedia

Our focus is Native Youth Matter ~ 2016  & 2017 Scheduled Events & Programs

Event/Program: August 18-21, our annual Red Nation Film Festival ‘On the Road’ in Santa Fe NM, Rooted In Indian Country during the largest gathering of Native Artists. There will will screen DREAMKEEPER: The Myths & Legends of American Indian. We are busing in Native youth from all pueblos to experience this film and to hear from positive Native role models.

In addition: August 23, Red Nation Celebration Institute is traveling to Mescalero Apache Nation to speak with the youth. There will be a 90 minute school assembly. Founder Joanelle Romero, will be speaking with Apache youth for 90 minutes sharing on her 35 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.

Event/Program: 13th RNCI Red Nation Film Festival takes place in Los Angeles November 11th- 21st, 2016. We are in planning stages to have Native youth from all over the country come in to experience the festival and our mentoring program ‘Native Youth Matter’ initiative.

RNCI travels to Peru – 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.

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Something to Live for >>>——->

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.   – NATIVE YOUTH MATTER – If I Can See It I Can Be It – One child at a time!

Our Goals to build on-site year round youth camps on reservations with a National Tour of accomplished native artists, during school session after Spring break each year to bring positive messages to native youth.

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 for the last 13 years, over $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. 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.

 

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2016 Partners: Inn of The Mountain Gods, Mescalero Apache Nation, Pueblo of Pojoaque Governor Joe Talachy, Buffalo Thunder Resort and I.A.I.A.

Sponsors & Partnerships over the years: 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, Sherman Indian High School, Calmont School, San Pedro Mid-School, I.A.I.A., UCLA University (Indian Studies), USC University (Indian Studies), CSUN University (Indian Studies).

Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It
has screened over 300+ Native Youth Films over the last 13 years that have been directed, produced, written by native youth including the annual matinee screening 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 concerts, to workshops at UNITY Inc, to film contests, to Red is Green Carpets events, to busing in Native and Non-Native youth to Red Nation events, to donating $10,000 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.

Our partners over the years in highlighting Native students films have been: Help the Earth (LA); Star School (AZ), San Francisco American Indian Film Festival, in addition native youth individual submissions to the festival.

RNCI is proud to announce this years 2016 partner Institute of American Indian Arts. RNFF will screen several IAIA student films at our NATIVE YOUTH FILMS Series.

SHOUT out to FILM students and Native youth: Over the 20+ years of Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) we have worked with some of the finest students native and non-native from CSUN, UCLA, USC, even grade school student from Calmont, Highland Hall, Viewpoint and Sherman Indian 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). 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. We have worked with organization like: Native Wellness Institue, Walking the Healing Path, Jane Goodall, Southern California Indian Center, United American Indian Involvement, Toys R Us, UNITY, Institute of American Indian Arts and National Indian Child Welfare Association.

RNCI is excited once again to welcome this years 2016 FILM students from UCLA and USC that have begin working with our team for the 13th Red Nation Film Festival including Red Nation Television Network! ‪#‎RNFF16‬ @RNCImedia

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

Here is what President Obama said about meeting the Standing Rock youth during his speech before tribal leaders at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December:

AND SO MICHELLE AND I ENDED UP STAYING LONGER THAN WE HAD PLANNED, AND WE GOT A LOT OF HUGS IN, AND WE WALKED AWAY SHAKEN BECAUSE SOME OF THESE KIDS WERE CARRYING BURDENS NO YOUNG PERSON SHOULD EVER HAVE TO CARRY. AND IT WAS HEARTBREAKING. AND WE TOLD THEM, BECAUSE THEY WERE SUCH EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG PEOPLE –- STRONG AND TALENTED AND COURAGEOUS — WE SAID, YOU’VE GOT TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELVES BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN YOU. WE WANT TO GIVE THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE AND YOUNG NATIVE AMERICANS LIKE THEM THE SUPPORT THEY DESERVE. WE HAVE TO INVEST IN THEM, AND BELIEVE IN THEM, AND LOVE THEM. AND IF WE DO, THERE’S NO QUESTION OF THE GREAT THINGS THEY CAN ACHIEVE — NOT JUST FOR THEIR OWN FAMILIES, BUT FOR THEIR NATION AND FOR THE UNITED STATES.

 

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

 

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(Photo credits: Bucky Harjo, Tailinh Agoyo, Becca Lynn)

NOTE: Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It was founded in 2003, by Award Winner Joanelle Romero and is a copyright of Red Nation Celebration Institute, since 2003.