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Red Nation Launches First American Indian TV Channel
Indigenous Content Shown at NIGA Conference
Los Angeles, CA – Red Nation is thrilled to announce the re-launch of the first and best American Indian and Indigenous television channel at the National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) annual meeting, April 3-4, 2012 in San Diego, CA.
The Red Nation Television Channel is a predecessor to the Red Nation Film Festival and Awards Gala—“The Authentic Voice of American Indian and Indigenous Cinema”—now in its 9th season. This past November, the festival reached more than 10 million viewers in 37 countries, its most successful year ever.
“We are proud of the diverse talent we were able to present to the world,” says Red Nation president and founder Joanelle Romero. “The Red Nation Television Channel extends this effort, increasing the awareness of Native filmmakers and bringing their work to a worldwide audience.” “This year’s support of the media took on a whole new dimension for us, placing us at the top with other known festivals and award shows such as Los Angeles Film Festival, The Oscars, Spirit Awards, Tribeca Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival,” says Romero.
“Because of the audience and media interest in our film festival and TV channel, Red Nation has received inquiries from major movie distribution companies. We hope to see more Native films funded and produced in the near future.”
A sad reminder
“The passing of Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, reminds us how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.” says Romero. “He was a visionary leader who supported Red Nation’s work. He was there in 2006 when Red Nation founded the American Indian Heritage Month in Los Angeles, the same year he launched the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.”
“Chairman Milanovich worked tirelessly to promote a greater understanding of and opportunities for his people,” says Romero. “Red Nation is glad to be at the NIGA conference this year to continue his work: promoting Native images, voices, and stories through new media and the arts.”
We encourage NIGA attendees to join us at booth #2858 to see the Red Nation Television Channel in action. We look forward to meeting you and hope we can partner to share your stories with America.