Monthly Archives: January 2014

Joanelle Romero tomorrow on KAOS radio 89.3 fm 1-12-2014 AT 4pm


We will be visiting Joanelle Romero  tomorrow on KAOS radio 89.3 fm Olympia- Talking about Red Nation Film Festival and its future, her book, Red Nation Television and more …. tune in and check it out!

Joanelle Romero, humanitarian, filmmaker, actress, recording artist/singer/songwriter, in 2006 launched Red Nation Media Internet and Television Channel with all Native programming.  Her accomplishments as a pioneer in film, television, non-profit organizations, educator, philanthropist, producer, director, have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.  Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico of Apache/Cheyenne, Jewish and Spanish descent, Romero was raised in Los Angeles on a variety of TV and movie sets, where she learned her craft.

As an actress, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, producer and filmmaker of American Indian performing arts including programming on her Red Nation Media Network Channel, she has entertained, inspired, moderated, enlightened the general public for the almost 3 decades. Using media as a primary tool, Romero has created a connection within Indian Country; including the film, television, music industries and to people around the world.

In 1991, Romero founded Spirit World Productions, as she saw a need for American Indian people to tell their own stories in television, film, and music. Spirit World Productions continues to American Indian films, pilots, and music, giving voices to those who would otherwise remain unheard.  Through her company’s film division Spirit World Productions, Romero has become an award-winning American Indian documentary filmmaker & drama series producer.

In 2000, Spirit World Productions released the internationally critically acclaimed Award –Winning documentary film American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be.Indian  Narrated by Ed Anser.  This film has the last footage shot of the Late Grandpa Wallace Black Elk and Former Chairwoman Mildred Clayhorn of the Ft. Sill Apache Nation.  Romero directed, produced, wrote, and scored the music for this controversial and groundbreaking film.  This documentary is the first and only film that compares Hitler’s attempted genocide of German Jews with the U.S. government’s treatment of American Indians and the lasting effects on the culture today.

To provide multiple, ongoing avenues for the exploration and presentation of contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts, in 1995, Romero founded the non-profit organization, Red Nation Celebration (RNC). This organization premieres contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts of diverse artistic disciplines to the mainstream media and to the global communities with the goal of encouraging understanding of the cultural traditions, performing arts, community and the advancement of indigenous nations.  Additionally, RNC educates the public on aspects of American Indian cultural and artistic expression; educates and informs the music and film industries on new talent within the American Indian community; provides youth with educational and vocational opportunities related to the music and entertainment industry; and introduces American Indian artists to larger, global mainstream audiences.

In 2005 she received the Armin T. Wegner “Humanitarian” Award for the vision to see the truth…and the courage to speak it.

Continuing her on-going work to ensure that the culture, traditions, and history of American Indians would be recognized and celebrate, Romero initiated the first annual American Indian Heritage Month with the City of Los Angeles in November 2006 and she was named “The First Lady” of American Indian Heritage Month by American Indian Spiritual Leaders.

Arlette Loud Hawk on Make No Bones About it. 1-12-2014 at 5pm


Arlette Loudhawk was born on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and survived Wounded Knee 2 at the age of 14


Cangleska Wakan is a Lakota term meaning Sacred Circle or Hoop

Director : Aitken Pearson
Production Company : Medicine Bow Films
Film website :

Cangleska Wakan is a Lakota term meaning Sacred Circle or Hoop. It is based on the Sioux concept that everything in the universe is interrelated, human beings and all things which exist in their environment are connected in one continuous process of growth and development. Cangleska being circle and Wakan meaning holy or sacred. The film addresses the concept of the Sacred Hoop through the eyes and voices of the Lakota Nation. Shot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota during the Winter/ Spring of 2008 /09 the cinematography captures a stark and unrivaled beauty which transcends all barriers connecting it’s heart to that of it’s audience.

The film is considered a performative documentary. Stressing an emotional response to the world it is personal, unconventional and experimental. Linking personal accounts with historical realities through interviews the film includes hypothetical enactments and historical re-enactments of events which offers the viewer a specific perspective on a world which is not theirs yet provides a spiritual connection they can relate to.

The Cangleska Wakan / Sacred Hoop represents the unity that binds the Lakota nation together with shared values and a clan system. These values include amongst others the language, ceremonies such as the sweat lodge and vision quest, the pipe, storytelling, songs, religion, bravery, respect, wisdom, generosity, the four directions, mother earth, father sky, teachings from elders and a belief that everything which is good and holy is circular in shape.

Personal and in depth discussions through interviews with people such as Russell Means, Donovin Hump and Dallas Chief Eagle plus other Lakota from the seven bands of the Great Sioux Nation such as Oglala, Minneconjou etc. Questions addressed include What is the Sacred Hoop / Circle Of Life, Has it been broken and if so when? Can it be mended?

One of the most poignant and interesting topics covered include the notion that everything that is good and holy is ‘round’ and revolves in a circular fashion such as the sun, earth, moon, planets, women’s menstrual cycle, shape of an eagles nest, tipi etc.

Some people believe the hoop was broken with the arrival of the Europeans in the 1400s, others believe it was compromised with the surrender of prominent chiefs such as Crazy Horse and Red Cloud in the 1800s.Some believe it has not been broken, yet the film does portray the fact that the Cangleska Wakan is a lifecycle which encompasses everyday life which is connected to the whole world. Cangleska Wakan is an intriguing documentary, an absolute must see for anyone interested in spirituality and the history of the American ‘In Dio’ ( In With God )

Award winning festivals –

  • South Dakota Jury Award
  • Black Hills Nominated Best Documentary
  • Portobello Nominated Best Documentary
  • Red Nation Best Docuementary
  • Southern Winds Native Spirit Award
  • Un Film Per La Pace Finalist
  • Lake Arrowhead Closing Film
  • Cowichan Aboriginal Closing Film

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Nation, at Evergreen State College Longhouse, 2-26-2014, AGENGA TBA


Swinomish Tribal Chairman Brian Cladoosby
(Photo by Suzanne Fogarty, Courtesy of Swinomish Tribal Archive)

Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, was elected to serve as the 21st President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) today in Tulsa, Oklahoma. NCAI, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.

“I am deeply humbled to have been selected to serve tribes around the nation as President of NCAI,” said Cladoosby. “American Indian and Alaska Native communities are each unique with their own histories, cultures, economies and governmental structures. We also share the common goal of providing the best governmental services to our members. I look forward to working with all the amazing tribal leaders across the country to improve the lives of Indian people.”

Cladoosby has served on the Swinomish Indian Senate for 29 years and as the Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe for 17 years. He previously served as President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, representing 57 tribes in seven Northwest States. He has been the president of the Association of Washington Tribes for more than ten years.

His two-year term begins immediately.


The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is a federally-recognized Indian Tribe. Its 10,000 acre reservation is located on Fidalgo Island in Washington State.

Contact: Marty Loesch (360) 202-6366



by John Trudell

There’s me, there the other me
There’s another me, an then
There are the moremes
We’ve all got a domino to play so
We’ve been trying to work it out

We don’t know whos your life turned
Or what all that means
But me and the mes
We’re not going back
We’ve already seen
What we couldn’t do

Any skeletons in our closets
Are our own private stash of bones
That scream with no choice, there’s
No scream like the next scream
Reducing the present into nothing
While eternity is now not then

Who’s divided into what
And how many does that make
There’s love that loves, loves that fears
Love that possesses, love that needs proof
Where’s the love that accepts
Love that likes that cares

There’s no forgetting some realities
Destiny threw at us
And fate wasn’t much help
With its way of loading the load
When we didn’t have any say
And it was up to us to carry it

In the land where the lie is king
Using fear like glue, pretending
Pretending isn’t pretending
At least one of the mes have seen it all
Each and every one of is want the glory
But not a one of us likes the way we fall

Straying is away of walking
When staying isn’t an option
Because we’ve been accused
Of some things we did and
Sometimes we didn’t do and
We heard I forgive yous that lied

Me and the mes are looking
For a me that will answer to me
So far there’s no me who will.

Alan ‘Spirit Hawk’ Salazar of the Chumash on the next Make No Bones About It. 1-5-2014 4pm


Alan Salazar (Spirit Hawk) is a traditional Native American storyteller … involved with the spiritual and cultural interests of the Chumash people.

About Alan Salazar (Spirit Hawk)

Alan Salazar is an educator, visionary, spiritual advisor of Chumash and Tatavian native american descendent. His Chumash name is Spirit Hawk and he holds the title of “the village’s fastest runner” . He is endowed with spiritual gifts of performing sacred ceremonial rites. In addition, he draws on nearly twenty years of professional experience as a preschool teacher. and as a counselor and institutional officer in the juvenile justice system. Mr. Salazar is a leading cultural resource consultant for the ventura Indian Educational Consortium. He has been involved in numerous organizations, including The Kern County Indian Council, Candelaria American Indian Council, Chumash Maritime Association, Oakbrook Chumash Center and ANTIK – a coalition of Chumash people. He is past President of the Native American Heritage preservation council of Kern County. Alan Salazar has devoted his entire life to furthering Native American causes. Today, he is actively involved in the Maritime Cultural Resurgence — a movement that honors Chumash masters of the tomol, the traditional plank canoe.

Mr. Salazar is widely admired for his ability to balance the need for Chumash Cultural preservation and the need for modern land use development. His cultural heritage educational activities are closely integrated with his public service and scholarly interests.

He is a member of the California Indian Advisory Committee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and his research on Chumash culture has been published in the Kern County Archeological Society Journal. Mr. Salazar participates in cultural and land use activities involving the interests of the Chumash people. he has conducted Chumash ceremonial blessings at public events, including the dedication of Point Dume Nation preserve in Malibu, a State historic landmark.

Redbone visits with Marvin Kempfe, Dr.Ken Tollefson and Kisa from Goodthinking 1-5-2014 at 5pm


Marvin Kempf and Raven Rebone.
Snoqualmie Tribe Hereditary Chief Ska-Dul-Gwas, Marvin Kempf.


Raven Redbone and Dr. Ken Tollefson.
Dr. Kenneth Tollefson, professor emeritus of Anthropology, has devoted three decades of his life to documenting the history and living culture of Duwamish people. Our archive will house his professional life’s work on the Duwamish, including photographs, interviews and field notes. Jay Miller, Ph.D., author of Lushootseed Culture and the Shamanic Odyssey among… other books, specializes in linguistics and coastal Salish people. He will help oversee our acquisitions. Our Duwamish archives will be an essential resource for researchers, students and teachers seeking information about our language and the Seattle area prior to settlement. We will have Lushootseed CD-ROMs here for self-directed learners.

Kisa of Goodthinking and Raven Redbone