About ncs

AMBASSADOR OF YOUTH

Ta’Kaiya Blaney – Award-winning Singer-songwriter / Actress / Activist

Hi. My name is Ta’Kaiya. I believe our generation does not see activism just as a necessity or obligation, but a beautiful opportunity to invent the unexpected and to spread our optimism that we can make a better world.

The success of NCS would not be possible without the wisdom, guidance and support of our Board of Advisors. We appreciate your commitment and contributions.

NATIVE CHILDREN’S SURVIVAL (NCS)

Founded in 1989 by Native Rock musician Robby Romero, NCS is an Indigenous 501(c)(3) non-profit organization . Through the International languages of music and film, our mission at NCS is to bring an Indigenous voice to the advocacy of peace, human rights, and environmental and social justice. For more than two decades, NCS has successfully campaigned to protect Mother Earth and all her Children using art as a social tool to raise awareness and support for critical issues facing Indigenous Peoples, Children and the Environment while promoting eco-friendly, healthy, sustainable lifestyles.

NCS had its beginnings with the launch of, Is It Too Late, our first Project Protect Awareness Campaign music picture to rise awareness about the environmental crisis. Prefaced by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Onondaga Clan Mother Audrey Shenandoah, and Astronomer Carl Sagan, at the 1990 Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders in Moscow, Is It Too Late, was broadcast around the world from the Kremlin and premiered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City during the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Children and the Environment Project. This endeavor earned Robby the title of United Nations Ambassador of Youth for the Environment and a certificate of appreciation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed by Executive Director, Mostafa K. Tolba.

From the Arctic to Africa, NCS campaigns have reached millions of people from all walks of life through our critically-acclaimed and award-winning national and international television and radio broadcasts, tours, and special events; and through our Eco-friendly Lifestyle Giveback products that support the traditional values and sustainable practices of Indigenous Peoples. The Los Angeles Times Magazine speaks of our work as, “changing the world and the world of music.”

NCS music and film projects have premiered at global events and festivals including: UNCED, The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (aka) the Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The United Nations 6th session of the Working Group on the draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Geneva, Switzerland; UNCED, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (aka) the World Summit on Sustainable Development – Johannesburg, South Africa; United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) United Nations Headquarters, New York; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris, France; American Indian Film Festival; Festival De Cannes; Sundance Film Festival and Clinton Global Initiative.

Our campaigns help to dispel fictitious myths and derogatory stereotypes about Indigenous Peoples in popular cultural while raising awareness and generating support for essential civil, social, environmental and human rights policy.

In addition to raising awareness and generating support, NCS is dedicated to championing children’s programs and grassroots Indigenous organizations that are working on the front lines to safeguard Indigenous Peoples and the environment. Our campaigns and lifestyle products have helped to raise millions of dollars to aid these organizations.

HONORARY BOARD OF ADVISORS

Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth • Dennis Banks, Leader & Co-Founder American Indian Movement, Mní Wičóni Legal Defense Offense Committee, Sacred Run. • Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe • Richard Moves Camp, Oglala Lakota Spiritual Leader • Dune Lankard, Eyak Preservation Council • Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Sioux Nation • Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation • Madonna Thunder Hawk, Elder American Indian Movement, Co-Founder Mní Wičóni Legal Defense Offense Committee & Women of All Red Nations, Organizer and Tribal Liaison of the Lakota Law Project

In The Memory Of Our Board Of Advisors That Have Taken Their Journey To The Spirit World

Our hearts, love and prayers are with their families, friends and loved ones…

Ole Cassadore-Davis, Apache Survival Coalition (1924-2012) • Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Esq., American Indian Law Alliance (1948-2015) • Audrey Shenandoah, Clan Mother, Onondaga Nation, (1926-2012) • Reuben A. Snake, National Chairman American Indian Movement, Chairman Winnebago Nation, Roadman and Spokesperson Native American Church (1937-1993)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Irene Bedard – Award-winning Actress / Activist / Humanitarian

Sarah James – Award-winning Gwich’in Elder / Spokeswoman / Environmentalist

Robert Mirabal – Award-winning Musician / Actor / Farmer

Dakota Romero – Award-winning Singer-Songwriter / Actress / Humanitarian

Robby Romero – Award-winning Musician / Producer / Director / Activist

 

 
 
 
 

Our Work

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 INDIGENOUS CHILDREN’S FUND

"For more than 500 years Indigenous Children around the world have been shattered by oppression and deculturalization. Today, our children remain at risk and suffer the highest rates of illness, suicide, poverty, isolation, and despair. The time of shame, fear, and suffering is over. Let the healing begin." - Robby Romero

On 16 May 2014, Native Children’s Survival Youth Ambassador, Ta’Kaiya Blaney delivered an intervention establishing the Native Children’s Survival (NCS) Indigenous Children’s Fund (ICF) at The Thirteenth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII13) held at UN Headquarters, New York from 12 to 23 May 2014.  At 13, she is the youngest person to deliver such an intervention. The Intervention was written by Ta’Kaiya on behalf of the vision and founder of the fund, Robby Romero and sponsored by Native Children’s Survival, The American Indian Law Alliance, and The Seventh Generation Fund For Indigenous Peoples.

 

 

The importance of establishing a Native Children’s Survival Indigenous Children Fund in this moment cannot be stressed enough. Elders and cultural carriers of Indigenous traditions and wisdom are dying, and in most regions, before they can effectively pass down their wisdom and cultural teachings to us, the seventh generation. A Native Children’s Survival Indigenous Children’s Fund would specifically address the focus areas stated in the United Nations Report, The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: Culture, Language, Health, Education and Sport, Poverty and Well-being, and Human Rights."

 – Ta’Kaiya Blaney, NCS Youth Ambassador

Native Children’s Survival is currently developing a marketing campaign that includes a series of public service announcements designed to address, educate, and create awareness about the challenges and needs of Indigenous Children around the world.

In 2017 Native Children’s Survival will present The Inaugural Concert for Indigenous Children, a coming together of performing artists, dignitaries, leaders and youth. The goal is to foster broad appeal across generations and facilitate a metaphorical link between the past and the present to help ensure the protection and survival of Indigenous Children now and for future generations.

The Concert for Indigenous Children is committed to eradicating the life threatening conditions Indigenous children endure each and every day. These conditions include the specific areas stated in the United Nations Report “The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Vol. II” released 9 August 2015.

 

MUSIC PICTURES

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On 19 January 1990, prefaced by President Mikhail Gorbachev’s historic environmental message at the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders in Moscow, Native Children’s Survival’s first music picture, Is It Too Late was broadcast around the world from the Kremlin and premiered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City during the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Children and the Environment Project.  Is It Too Late, written and performed by NCS Founder/President Robby Romero and featuring artists from around the world, was a call to action to protect Mother Earth and all her children.

Our latest music picture Earth Revolution, written and performed by NCS Youth Ambassador Ta’Kaiya Blaney and featuring children from around the world, won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD at the 2016 44th Annual American Indian Film Festival. Earth Revolution had its Paris premiere on 28 November 2015, at COY11 Conference of Youth on the eve of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 11th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, in Paris, France. Prefaced by H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister and President of COP21, Earth Revolution is the essence of the youth movement to protect Mother Earth and all her children.

Earth Revolution drops on Mother Earth Day 22 April 2018.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

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In 1993, Native Children’s Survival created several stereotype-breaking public service announcements for MTV’s Free Your Mind Campaign. The PSA’s introduced contemporary Native Peoples to the music television generation, and helped to dispel long-held myths and misconceptions about Native Peoples in Popular Culture.

Today the campaign continues.  The latest Native Children’s Survival PSA, Iron Horse Summer Of The Red Willow – Change The Name Campaign released in 2015, shines the light on divisive misconceptions and derogatory names and images that continue to exist in Popular Culture.

 

ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE GIVEBACK PRODUCTS

In April 2002, Indigenous (a Purifying Collection of wild-crafted ingredients sustainably harvested by Indigenous Peoples) was launched globally.  Indigenous was produced in collaboration with the Aveda Corporation to support the traditional values and sustainable practices of Indigenous Peoples and environmental organizations around the world. The Purifying Collection included a Purifying Hair and Body Cleanser, Purifying Pure-Fume Composition and Purifying Aroma Candle. Currently in development is a new organic plant and mineral based Climate Change Sun Block that contains non-nano zinc.  This new product is designed to protect your skin from the increasing dangers of exposure to direct solar radiation  caused by the global warming pollution that is “forcing” climate change — while at the same time protecting the world’s oceans and coral reefs from toxic chemicals used in some sunscreens. Climate Change Sun Block will launch in 2017. Our Give-back products express a reverence to Mother Earth, devotion to the environment, and an alliance with the Wisdom Keepers of the world.

In April 2002, Indigenous (a Purifying Collection of wild-crafted ingredients sustainably harvested by Indigenous Peoples) was launched globally.  Indigenous was produced in collaboration with the Aveda Corporation to support the traditional values and sustainable practices of Indigenous Peoples and environmental organizations around the world. The Purifying Collection included a Purifying Hair and Body Cleanser, Purifying Pure-Fume Composition and Purifying Aroma Candle.

Currently in development is a new organic plant and mineral based Climate Change Sun Block that contains non-nano zinc.  This new product is designed to protect your skin from the increasing dangers of exposure to direct solar radiation  caused by the global warming pollution that is “forcing” climate change  while at the same time protecting the world’s oceans and coral reefs from toxic chemicals used in some sunscreens.

Climate Change Sun Block will launch in 2017.

Our Give-back products express a reverence to Mother Earth, devotion to the environment, and an alliance with the Wisdom Keepers of the world.

ROCKUMENTRY FILMS

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On 25 November 1993, Native Children’s Survival’s first rockumentary film, Makoce Makan: Sacred Earth was broadcast on MTV Networks as a VH1 World Alert special in support of the Native American Freedom Of Religion Legislation and the protection of Native Peoples Sacred Sites then in the US congress.

Currently in development, Sacred Sites: The Fight for Religious Freedom is a multi-part series of documentaries about Native Peoples continued pursuit for religious freedom and cultural survival in the 21st century. Through song, dance and ceremony, the series covers the topic using an immersionist style of documentary filmmaking.

 

Premieres

2011 – 2016

I’m calling out to each and every person to join me in an Earth Revolution!
– Ta’kaiya Blaney, NCS Youth Ambassador

EARTH REVOLUTION is an inspiring music picture from the front lines of the environmental movement. Written and performed by Eagle Thunder recording artist and Native Children’s Survival Youth Ambassador Ta’Kaiya Blaney, EARTH REVOLUTION is the essence of the youth movement to protect Mother Earth.

EARTH REVOLUTION won BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD at the 44th Annual American Indian Film Festival, November 2016.

Experiencing the environmental crisis through the eyes and the voices of our children, EARTH REVOLUTION calls for real solutions while offering hope and understanding for a safe, healthy, renewable, and sustainable future.

As part of Native Children’s Survival Youth Campaign for Climate Justice EARTH REVOLUTION premiered at the Conference of Youth in Paris, France on the eve of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 11th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, in Paris, France. The screening was prefaced by H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister and President of COP21.


Summer Of The Red Willow 

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The much-anticipated Iron Horse Summer Of the Red Willow Change The Name Campaign PSA launches…

The Iron Horse Summer Of The Red Willow Change The Name Campaign is a public service announcement addressing the misconceptions and stereotypes perpetrated in history books and in pop culture about Indigenous Peoples.

On 26 April 2015 Native Children’s Survival (NCS) premiered the public service announcement at the 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow held at the University of New Mexico Arena (The Pit) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Native Children’s Survival YouTube Channel and on PowWows.com. Iron Horse, written by NCS Founder/President Robby Romero and NCS Board Member and two time Grammy Winner Robert Mirabal, was a catalyst to the culturally historic name-change of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park by the Town of Taos.


SAVING MY TOMORROW

Native Children’s Survival Youth Ambassador Ta’kaiya Blaney shares her music, wisdom and asperations in the HBO Documentary Series SAVING MY TOMORROWSAVING MY TOMORROW,  presented by HBO and The American Museum of Natural History is a six part family series on the environment. From the children who will inherit the planet, comes a collection of songs, activism, and heartfelt tips for protecting Mother Earth.

SAVING MY TOMORROW Part 1-4 Mother Earth Day 22 April 2015/16 Part 5 Coming Soon

“We all need to take steps towards a clean and healthy future.”

– Ta’kaiya

WE ARE THE SEVENTH GENERATION

Taos Pueblo Day School students send a message to the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) to protect their cultural and human rights, and their land, water and traditional territories.

We Are The Seventh Generation premiered at the Twelfth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII12) on 20 May 2013 in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York. The screening was part of The Rights of Mother Earth event presented by Native Children’s Survival, The American Indian Law Alliance, and The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples.

“Robby Romero leads a discussion about protecting Mother Earth at the Taos Pueblo Day School.”

– T.S. Last, Albquerque Journal

WHO'S GONNA SAVE YOU

In these times of hope and change, Who’s Gonna Save You  presents an Indigenous perspective to a global crisis. The ‘music picture’ is a combination of music video and motion picture woven into a poetic call to consciousness for the restoration of life in balance.

“What we do now in this moment, or fail to, will be humanity’s defining legacy.” 

– Robby Romero

Who’s Gonna Save You  first premiered on SABC Africa’s hit program YoTV during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol in Durban, South Africa. Who’s Gonna Save You  went on to premiere at special events including: The Taos Pueblo Day School, UNM Harwood Museum Of Art, and the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Who’s Gonna Save You  had its North American broadcast premiere on ABC’s Heartbeat Alaska and screened at the Suquamish Youth Summit on Mother Earth Day 22 April 2016.


REVIEWS

Project Protect

Who’s Gonna Save You?
“”This change in the weather will burn us, then we’ll freeze,” sings Robby Romero, “there’s a point of no return; we’ve got to face reality. “Those are just some of the striking lyrics from “Who’s Gonna Save You… Thoughts from Hopi Elders, recording artists and street artists—including the infamously artsy Brit vandal Banksy—are also featured in the flick.”
– Santa Fe Reporter

A Voice on Climate Change From an Indigenous Perspective
“Climate change is possibly the biggest challenge the world now faces. Romero tackles the tough topic of climate change from an Indigenous perspective.”
– Indian Gaming Magazine

A highlight of the 2012 Colorado Environmental Film Festival…
“”Who’s Gonna Save You”… a captivating plea to the human conscious for love and respect of our Mother Earth and the life She sustains now threatened by climate change. A beautifully composed and choreographed film that one does not forget nor dismiss… a call to action by the Indigenous Peoples of the world.”
– Colorado Environmental Film Festival

A Powerful Plea For Mother Earth
“This engaging hybrid music picture delivers an undeniable message…a powerful plea for Mother Earth, a compelling call to action and a heartfelt warning of impending doom if we fail to change our ways.  The alter-native music and novel storyline with haunting imagery locks in your attention, empathy and interest.”
– Daniel Gibson (Editor, Native Peoples Magazine)

SCREENINGS

   2017 HBO

   2017 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

   2016 American Indian Film Festival

   2016 HBO

   2016 Children & Nature Network

   2016 Together: An Exhibition on Global Development

   2016 Makah, Hoh, Quileutae, Quinault Youth Programs

   2016 Suquamish Youth Summit ‘Mother Earth Day’

   2016 Chief Leschi Schools

   2015 International Rights Of Nature Tribunal, United Nations Conference Of The Parties On Climate Change (COP21)

   2015 COY11, United Nations Conference Of The Parties On Climate Change (COP21)

   2015 World Environment Day

   2015 HBO

   2015 Mother Earth Day

   2014 HBO

   2014 World Environment Day

   2014 Mother Earth Day

   2013 Heartbeat Alaska

   2013 United Nations Headquarters

   2013 Mother Earth Day

   2013 Harwood Museum Of Art

   2013 Taos Pueblo Day School

   2012 Santa Fe Film Festival

   2012 World Environment Day

   2012 Colorado Environmental Film Festival

   2012 Mother Earth Day

   2011 SABC Africa, United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17)

   2011 American Indian Film Festival

 
 

Global Success


Native Children’s Survival continues to cultivate awareness and support for critical issues facing Indigenous Peoples, Children and the Environment by reaching millions of viewers around the world through television broadcasts on major networks, from MTV America to SABC Africa. The following is a brief history.

TIMELINE 1990 – 2016

Our first music picture campaign, Is It Too Late, was broadcast around the world from the Kremlin, on ORT Channel One Russia, following President Mikhail Gorbachev’s historic environmental message at the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders in Moscow and screened at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Children and the Environment Project, United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Headquarters, New York. This endeavor earned NCS Founder/President Robby Romero the title of United Nations Ambassador of Youth for the Environment and a certificate of appreciation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed by Executive Director, Mostafa K. Tolba.


As part of MTV’s Free Your Mind campaign, NCS created several stereotype breaking public service announcements. The PSAs were produced to introduce the music television generation to contemporary Native Peoples and to dispel myths and misconceptions about Native Peoples in pop culture. The PSAs generated a huge buzz and the Free Your Mind campaign won the industry’s prestigious CableACE Award.


Our VH1 World Alert rockumentary special, Makoce Wakan: Sacred Earth, was produced to help support legislation in the U.S. Congress to protect Native Peoples Sacred Sites and Freedom of Religion. The World Alert Special first screened at a Press Conference in the U.S. Capitol at the Rotunda of the Senate Office Building. The legislation was successful and the film generated the highest viewer response of any show on the network to date at that time, gaining 160,000 new subscribers from the heart of Indian Country for MTV Networks.


Heartbeat, the followup music picture to Is It Too Late, first aired on VH1 and MTV2 with a ‘Call To Action To Protect Native Peoples Sacred Sites’. Heartbeat impacted Native and Commercial Radio during NCS Founder/President Robby Romero’s groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Indian Country Tour. The music and campaign were featured on VH1′s Inside Music and MTV’s Crossroads shows, and on NPR’s WXPN World Cafe ESSENTIAL AND EMERGING ARTISTS.


Prayer Song, a music picture written and produced in honor of Native American Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier, first aired on VH1 and MTV2. Prayer Song impacted Native and Commercial Radio during the campaign’s Turtle Island (aka) North American Radio Cafe Tour. The music and message were featured on several television programs including a special appearance on the PBS hit puppet show “Puzzle Place,” an episode that become the most watched and requested episode of the series.


With the success of our campaigns on MTV Networks NCS Founder/President Robby Romero took NCS and our Call To Action To Protect Native Peoples Sacred Sites on the 1995 and 1996 H. O. R. D. E. Festival, a Blues Traveler-founded Tour that came to define a genre of explosive live performances and intense fan loyalty, and on the Blues Traveler Fall tours. The music and campaign were featured on American morning news talk show’s across the country and on MTV’s H. O. R. D. E. Bootleg Special”.


Our experimental indie short film, Hidden Medicine, was produced to support legislation then in U.S. Congress to protect the remaining four percent of America’s forests. Featuring a preface by Robert Redford, the short film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on Sundance Channel in the “Best of the Fest” series and screened at United Nations 6th session of the Working Group on the draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland.  With a successful appeal, Hidden Medicine encouraged viewers to take immediate action regarding the Act to Save America’s Forests and the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act.


Our rockumentary film, America’s Last Frontier, was produced to help stop legislation in the U.S. Congress that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration. Supported with MTV News features, America’s Last Frontier first aired on SABC Africa’s hit program 50/50 during UNCED, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (aka) the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa and at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), United Nations Headquarters, New York. The television broadcast campaign was successful, the legislation was stopped and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was protected.


As part of our r u 2 cool 2 care public service announcement campaign and in support of our rockumentary film, America’s Last Frontier, Save The Arctic Refuge premiered on MTV News and on our NCS YouTube Channel with a successful appeal to stop legislation in the U.S. Congress that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.


The r u 2 cool 2 care campaign continued with another Safe The Arctic Refuge public service announcement produced to generate support to Permanently Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas exploration. The campaign continues


As part of our r u 2 cool 2 care public service announcement campaign, NCS created Native Wind a PSA featuring Chief Arvol Looking Horse celebrating alternative Native energy.

Native Wind had its debut at President Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative in New York City, with some of the world’s most influential political and business leaders in attendance. Native Wind made its film festival premier at the American Indian Film Festival at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA and went on to showcase at Festival De Cannes, Short Film Corner, in Cannes, France, the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival presented by Patagonia, Robert Redford’s Sundance Summit, and at the United Nations World Environment Day Global celebration.


Encounters – An Alliance For Children, a Sony/BMG release, featured a duo with NCS Founder/President Robby Romero and German Rock Legend Peter Maffay performing Robby’s Indian Country hit single HeartbeatHeartbeat became the album’s single. The single and album’s release were followed by a string of TV and Radio appearances including, BRAVO Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of music history and youth culture with a live three-hour international television satellite feed, an AOL International Live broadcast, and a 15-city Arena Tour. The TV lineups included Beyonce, Tokio Hotel, Sting, Keith Urban, and more. The Encounters project was successful in raising over one million Euros to benefit children’s programs around the world, including the building of the “Sacred Hoop” Lakota Language Immersion School in Oglala, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. At a press conference in Germany, Robby was presented with a Gold Record from the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), the Federal Association of Music Industry in Germany.

Following the tour, in a Concert for Peace Robby joined President Mikhail Gorbachev, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), Angelique Kiddy, Peter Maffay, President Shimon Peres, NCS Board Member Dakota Romero, Carlos Santana, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Bochum, Germany. Proceeds from this concert supported the humanitarian projects of the Milagro Foundation in San Francisco and the Desmond Tutu Peace Center in South Africa.


 Who’s Gonna Save You presents an Indigenous perspective to a global crisis. This ‘music picture’ is a combination of music video and motion picture woven into a poetic call to consciousness for the restoration of life in balance.

Who’s Gonna Save You first premiered on SABC Africa’s hit program YoTV during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol in Durban, South Africa. Who’s Gonna Save You went on to premiere at special events including: The Taos Pueblo Day School, UNM Harwood Museum Of Art, and the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Who’s Gonna Save You had its North American broadcast premiere on ABC’s Heartbeat Alaska and screened at the Suquamish Youth Summit on Mother Earth Day 22 April 2016.

“We’re bringing a message to the world for the restoration of life in balance, because music does make a difference.” 

– Tonya Gonnella Frichner, American Indian Law Alliance, North American Regional Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

“Your musical talent and leadership in the Native American community will undoubtedly help commemorate the United Nations adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for years to come. It was very thoughtful of you to include me in the celebration of this historic occasion.”

– Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

The Project Protect Awareness Campaign continues to build Global momentum and will release the latest music picture in the series titled, Earth Revolution on The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 9 August 2016. Earth Revolution calls for implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Rights of Mother Earth and all her children.


As part of our r u 2 cool 2 care public service announcement campaign Iron Horse addresses the misconceptions and stereotypes perpetrated in history books and in pop culture about Indigenous Peoples. Written and performed by NCS Founder/President Robby Romero and NCS Board Member and two time Grammy Winner Robert Mirabal, Iron Horse served as a catalyst to the culturally historic name-change of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park by the Town of Taos. Iron Horse premiered at the 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow held at the University of New Mexico Arena (The Pit) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and on the NCS YouTube Channel and PowWows.com. “When the opportunity presented itself, I suggested that the Town of Taos change the name of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park to honor the Indigenous Peoples of the Red Willow. I made the suggestion to kindle a conversation about one-sided perspectives that are more often than not ‘his-story – not history’ and I’m certain the curtain has fallen on the misconceptions, stereotypes and derogatory names exploited in history books and in sports and POP culture about Native Peoples.” – Robby Romero


In addition to the positive comments from viewers, numerous cultural, environmental, entertainment and human rights awards, NCS has also received numerous Certificates of Acknowledgment from distinguished organizations. Those organizations include: The National Congress Of American Indians, The United Nations Children and the Environment Programme, The Red Road, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, The Earth Day Network, SONY/BMG Music Entertainment, The Gwich’in Steering Committee, and The Aveda Corporation.

However, the success of NCS’s projects is best stated by the networks that aired our programs and the media. Here are a few clips.

“In the spirit of Woody Guthrie’s Tom Joad, Robby Romero is there wherever Native Americans are fighting for the rights. He is an articulate artist and advocate for the causes and concerns behind a cultural resistance that is older than this country.”  
– Media Channel

“Feedback has been more than positive: Congratulations on a very successful show that has generated more viewer calls than any other show to date”
– MTV Networks

“Hidden Medicine is an experimental, mystical film that deals with the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the environment. The film beautifully weaves story, poetry, music and politics, creating an impending sense of our planet’s struggle to survive.”
– Sundance Channel

“We had amazing feedback from our viewers and they enjoyed the educational ride, the critical message so eloquently brought across with the beauty of Alaska and music that could become a hit in South Africa”. 
– SABC Africa

“It’s insightful for South Africans to hear the plight of Indigenous Peoples worldwide, and the United Nations World Summit provided the perfect platform for this screening.”
– SABC 2 Africa

“The Alaska premier of ‘Who’s Gonna Save You,’ by Robby Romero, brought a new excitement to the Native community of Alaska. With the radiation of Fukushima arriving on Alaska’s coast, the music picture launched a sense of urgency along with the added excitement of having a world class musician/activist in our midst”
– Jeanie Greene (Creator/Producer of ABC’s Heartbeat Alaska)

“Robby Romero and his band Red Thunder are changing the world — and the world of music.”
– Los Angeles Times Magazine

“A Powerful Plea For Mother Earth… This engaging hybrid music picture delivers an undeniable message…a powerful plea for Mother Earth, a compelling call to action and a heartfelt warning of impending doom if we fail to change our ways. The alter-native music and novel storyline with haunting imagery locks in your attention, empathy and interest.”
– Native Peoples Magazine

“Who’s Gonna Save You… This change in the weather will burn us, then we’ll freeze,” sings Robby Romero, “there’s a point of no return; we’ve got to face reality.” Those are just some of the striking lyrics from “Who’s Gonna Save You… Thoughts from Hopi Elders, recording artists and street artists including the infamously artsy Brit vandal Banksy are also featured in the flick.”
– Santa Fe Reporter

“A Voice on Climate Change From an Indigenous Perspective… Climate change is possibly the biggest challenge the world now faces. Romero tackles the tough topic of climate change from an Indigenous perspective.”
– Indian Gaming Magazine

“Americans for Alaska urge the Senate to protect the Arctic Refuge. Attending were the Honorable Jimmy Carter, Robby Romero, Theodore Roosevelt IV, Dune Lankard, Robert Kennedy Jr., Sarah James, John Travolta, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Carole King, The Honorable Hubert H. Humphrey III, Michael Douglas, Kevin Spacey, Larry Rockefeller, Ann Bancroft, Rob Reiner, Edward Norton, Don Henley, Billy Crystal, Ted Turner, Mike Medavoy, Lyn & Norman Lear, Ed Bagley Jr., Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore.”
– The Washington Times

“This film could not be more topical. With the Bush administration trying to push through legislation that would extract oil from the pristine North Slope of Alaska, the Gwch’in, who have lived there for centuries, are fighting to protect their way of life. Interspersed with music and song, the plight of the Gwich’in is chronicled with interviews and stunning visuals.”
– Eastern Door

“Cultivating Indigenous world awareness. Native rock artist Robby Romero of “Red Thunder” has long been outspoken and passionate about the environment.”  
– Awareness Magazine

“Red Thunder spreads a positive spiritual, environmental message around the globe.”  
– Lakota Times

“Robby Romero and Red Thunder have earned respect around the world on more than one level. Their dynamic music inspires their fans to dance, while their faithful efforts to improve the lives of individuals through-out Indian Country motivate their fans to volunteer, learn and serve others.”  
– Cherokee One Feather Newspaper

 


 
 

Organizations We Support

 
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“Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth”

The Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth is composed of grassroots spiritual leaders from Indian nations throughout North America. Structured in the ancestral way, the Circle is open to all traditional Indian people. It serves as a living repository of indigenous wisdom and values. Its focus is exclusively on perpetuating traditional cultural and spiritual values.


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“Working to protect endangered Sacred Sites such as ‘DZIL NCHAA SI’ AN’ the Apache holy land known as Mount Graham and religious and cultural rights.”

Ola Cassadore Davis 89, passed into the spirit world November 25, 2012. Survived by her husband, Michael; one sister, two sons, four daughters and 14 grandchildren. Ola was the Chairperson for the Apache Survival Coalition. She was impassioned with a powerful voice. She used her voice and power to protect dzil-nchaa-si-an and the traditional ways of the Apache. Ola was truly one of the great warriors of our time.

Contact:
P.O. Box 1237
San Carlos, AZ 85550


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“Permanent Protection Of The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain Is Our Birthright”

The Gwich’in Steering Committee was established in1988 by consensus resolution of the leaders of the Gwich’in Nation. Gwich’in spokespeople from Alaska and Canada were selected to achieve the goal of permanent protection of the Sacred Place Where Life Begins, Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit the Porcupine Caribou Herd’s calving and nursery grounds. For over 20,000 years the Porcupine Caribou Herd has been the basis of the culture for the Gwich’in comparable to the Plains Tribes and the buffalo. 100 tribes and inter-tribal organizations have passed resolutions of support including the National Congress of American Indians, the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, Tanana Chiefs Conference and the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments.”

GWICH’IN NATION CALLS ON ALL SUPPORTERS TO TAKE URGENT ACTION NOW TO PROTECT ARCTIC REFUGE
The fate of the Arctic Refuge is the fate of the people of the Gwich’in Nation. The Arctic Refuge must not be sacrificed to meet the high energy consumption lifestyle of the U.S. The Gwich’in must not sacrifice our ancestral way of life it is our birthright and that of the future generations as we have had since time immemorial.


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“We, the Haudenosaunee, bring our case to the United Nations to draw international to the environmental issues affecting the Indigenous communities in North America.”

The Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force is composed of Haudenosaunee leaders, environmental technicians, and scientists chosen by each of the Haudenosaunee Nations to identify environmental problems in their communities and find solutions to them.


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“What does the Corn Dance mean without corn? Encouraging Traditional Agriculture at Taos Pueblo”

Tiwa Farms is a project of the 501(3c) nonprofit organization–the Po’Pay Society. The Po’Pay Society is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating the history and ideals of the great leader of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. With rare vision, leadership and conviction, he banded together some 24 Arizona and New Mexico Pueblos which rose up on the same day and drove conquistadores and Spanish settlers out of their ancestral homes. At the time, the Pueblos were in imminent danger of losing their cultural and spiritual ways. As a result of the revolt and Po’Pay’s shining example, the Pueblos were able to strengthen their traditions, many of which have survived to this day.

However, Pueblo culture is once again threatened — this time by the encroachment of consumerism. Songs and dances and ritual practices, knowledge of farming and the old languages are being forgotten. The Po’Pay Society strives to aid the Pueblo people, in particular its youth, in gaining the tools needed to reinforce and, when necessary, reintroduce such critical cultural components. Society efforts will initially be devoted to Taos Pueblo, with the long-term goal of establishing the Taos Pueblo School of Traditional Culture. As programs are developed and defined, the Society will make materials available to other Pueblos and consult on their application.

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“Once Again, The Fight for Religious Freedom in America Begins”

“We remember those who sacrificed and defended our people-we recognize our great leaders and their respect for those who know freedom.  We must guide our people to, once again, hold our destiny in our own hands, so I challenge each of us to overcome the oppression and begin the process of believing in ourselves.  This must be the first step…”Usen, we ask for your blessing to guide our current and future leadership so that our children and the unborn will inherit our Apache Way of Life…. Wendsler Nosie Sr. 


BLACKFEET BEAR ROOTS ASSOCIATION

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“As Indigenous People we must preserve and protect our traditional medicines and our way of life from extinction.”

The Blackfeet Bear Roots Association (BBRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Glacier County, Montana. The BBRA mission is to preserve traditional wisdom, values and culture and to improve the health and environment on the reservation.

The BBRA training program for Native Americans focuses on the skills, methods and sensitive cultural issues involved in Native plant horticulture and ecosystem restoration. Utilizing modern organic horticulture technology in conjunction with traditional Blackfeet horticulture, the BBRA works with spiritual leaders, elders and youth to grow and produce alternative food sources, medicinal herbs, plants and roots to help improve the quality of their community now and for the generations to come.

Contact:
Blackfeet Bear Roots Association
P.O. Box 1677 Browning, MT 59417


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“Protect and Preserve Our Wild Places”

The Eyak Preservation Council’s mission is to protect the inherent rights of culture, heritage, language and ancestral lands needed to preserve and restore the Eyak tribe’s continued existence as an independently recognized Alaska tribal nation. An intact ecosystem is a living monument of proof, that we, as a human race, can coexist in harmony with the planet into the 21st century and beyond.


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“Our goal is to ignite youth-led initiatives to restore wildlife populations throughout the Salish Sea to more than 50% of historic levels. We hope to bring the whales, sea otters, orcas, salmon and herring back.”

The Salish Sea Youth Foundation is a Canadian First Nations Youth based Foundation. They are headquartered  in the Unseeded Salish Territories in British Columbia.  They  support the restoration of wildlife populations in the Salish Sea through the training of First Nations Youth Cultural Ambassadors, Salish Sea Youth Foundation (SSYF) Youth Councils,  SSYF Youth Cultural Transformational Festivals,  SSYF Cultural Eco-Tourism Certification Camps, SSYF Cultural Eco-Tours and SSYF Youth Employment in Sustainable Jobs.


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“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation.”

The Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the Americas. We offer an integrated program of advocacy, small grants, training and technical assistance, media experience and fiscal management, lending our support and extensive expertise to Indigenous grassroots communities.

Our organization derives its name from a precept of the Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) which mandates that chiefs consider the impact of their decisions on the seventh generation yet to come. Learn about us, the programs and services we provide, our grant-making guidelines and giving philosophies, upcoming events, on line publications and so much more!

 

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On behalf of Native Children’s Survival we invite and encourage you to take part in our Project Protect Awareness Campaign and bare-witness to one of the most powerful and indomitable movements in history, a global call to consciousness for the restoration of life in balance.

Become a Native Children’s Sutvival Peace Warrior and share your social and environmental advocacy with the world at any of the following Project Protect social media outlets:

 
 
 
 

Be sure to use the official #NativeChildrensSurvival and #ProjectProtect hash tags in all of your posts, photos and videos.

Additionally, we invite you to visit The World People’s Conference and United Nations websites. Please click on the following links to learn more about the The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), International Mother Earth Day, World Environment Day, The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), United Nations Frame Work Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) goals to bring people and issues together to promote collective action for a sustainable world:

World People’s Conference: The Rights of Mother Earth

World People’s Conference: The Rights of Mother Earth

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Please join the Movement, get involved, and spread the word!  Your participation, voice, and action are critical for the rights of Mother Earth and all our relations — today, and for future generations.