MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to Moderate Red Nation Film Festival Panel in D.C.

Published March 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — In an ongoing effort to put Natives in charge of their own narrative, Red Nation Film Festival is bringing indigenous leaders, filmmakers, and activists to Washington, DC, for films, talks, and performances promoting a greater understanding of the impact the historic Standing Rock protests have had on preserving indigenous rights, promoting social change, and breaking the racial barrier in Hollywood and mainstream media.

Joanelle Romero

“At this critical time in history, we will be looking to our artists, storytellers, directors, musicians, Native women, and Tribal Nations to give us hope, guidance, and entertainment,” says award-winning filmmaker Joanelle Romero, an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences lifetime member and the only Native American filmmaker to be shortlisted for an Academy Award. “The time is now for Hollywood to collaborate with American Indians in telling their stories.”

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell

The March 16 event brings to the nation’s capital luminaries including Romero, Ernie Stevens Jr, Tara Houska, Shannon Kring, Nataani Means, and Standing Rock leader Phyllis Young. MSNBC’s “Last Word” Lawrence O’Donnell will moderate this panel.

Young, a veteran member of American Indian Movement and Women of All Red Nations, has for 40+ years fought for indigenous rights. She drafted the original document that became the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She also helped organize the first international conference on indigenous rights in Geneva in 1977.

Young and other inspiring women are featured in the forthcoming documentary END OF THE LINE: THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK. From acclaimed filmmaker Shannon Kring, it is the incredible story of a group of indigenous women willing to risk their lives to stop the Dakota Access pipeline construction. A compelling 20-minute short of the film will be presented at the event, after which there will be a panel discussion and Q&A. The event is part of RNFF’s On the Road Tour, which kicked off with a sold-out event in Los Angeles on February 23. Washington, DC, is the tour’s second stop. For tickets and more information, visit


Film Screenings | Social Gathering

Reception Hosted by National Indian Gaming Association
The Tribal Leaders Conference Center | 6:00p to 9:00pm
224 Second Street Southeast Washington, DC 20003

Film screenings:

Award-winning “American Holocaust: When Its All Over I’ll Still be Indian” Director Joanelle Romero. Romero’s  film is the only work by an indigenous filmmaker to have been shortlisted for an Academy Award. Short Doc.

Award-winning “Paya The Water Story of the Paiute” Director Jenna Cavelle

I Stand: The Guardians of the Water” DC Premiere. Feature Doc. Director Kyle Kauwika Harris.

Standing Rock: A New Nation” Short Doc. Director Daniela Riojas


Red Nation Conversation Series includes Film Screening: End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

6:00 pm Red is Green Carpet Arrivals, Screening/Panel:  7:00pm – 9:30pm

Landmark E Street Cinema | 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

**”At this crucial time in history, people have sought to gain a greater understanding of the struggle at Standing Rock. The peaceful protests that are taking place in North Dakota symbolize an important modern movement for justice for all of humanity. People are looking to our artists, storytellers, directors, musicians, and Native women to give us hope, guidance, and entertainment.” – Joanelle Romero #OnlyOneWater

Red Nation Conversation Series & Screening

Moderator: Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC The Last Word

Keynote Speaker: Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. {Oneida Nation} Chairman and national spokesperson for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) in Washington, D.C.

Speakers thus far: 

Phyllis Young {Lakota Nation} Activist. instrumental work in 1974, developing the original doc that became “The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” to gaining credentials for the original Int’l Indian Treaty Council to have a seat at the table of Nations in 1977. Unwavering leadership against “The Black Snake”.
Joanelle Romero {Apache/Cheyenne Nations} Humanitarian, Actor, Award-winning Director, Producer, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences member, Only work by an Native filmmaker to have been shortlisted for an Academy Award. Founder of Red Nation Film Festival, Native Women in FILM, Red Nation Television Network.
Shannon Kring Director End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock
Standing Rock Council member, will be in attendance
Tara Zhaabowekwe Houska {Couchiching First Nation} National Campaigns Director at Honor the Earth

*Special Guests & Performances*

**More to be announced this week. …

Film Screening: {doc short} End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock. Director
Shannon Kring, Producer Pearl Means.

This event will be broadcast LIVE on Red Nation Television Network – Native is Here. Your #1 Source from the Native Perspective.

Tickets on Sale Purchase Today  Online Here + Limited Seating

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