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