American Indian Joanelle Romero Joins the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Class of 2016

Joanelle Romero

Joanelle Romero

Published July 7, 2016

HOLLYWOOD—Joanelle Romero nominated as a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science on June 30, 2016. She is among 683 new members who were welcomed in to increase diversity.

Romero, now a member of The Academy, will lend her voice in regards to American Indian image. Romero, born Apache, Cheyenne and Spanish Sephardic Jew, has had many accomplishments in her four-decade career in the entertainment industry.

“This is the highest honor one can receive in this industry, I do not take this for granted,” says Romero. “It’s been a long road and a dream come true.”

Romero was raised in the film industry. Her mother, Rita Rogers, was an actress on worked on Elvis Presley films. At age three, she acted with her mother.

Last month, Romero attended, by invitation of President Obama, “The The United State of Women’s Summit” in Washington, D.C.

Romero has spent four decades in the entertainment industry. She is best known for portraying Bonnie Red Bow in the Sundance Award winner feature film “Pow Wow Highway” opposite A Martinez and Gary Farmer.

Her career also includes her work to establish the Red Nation Celebration Institute, Red Nation Television Network, the Red Nation Film Festival, Native Women in Film & Television, its programs and initiatives.





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